Discretionary appointment of counsel
While a state may have many statutes, court decisions, or court rules governing appointment of counsel for a particular subject area, a "Key Development" is a statute/decision/rule that prevails over the others (example: a state high court decision finding a categorical right to counsel in guardianships cases takes precedence over a statute saying appointment in guardianship cases is discretionary).
Legislation, Termination of Parental Rights (State) - Children
With limited exceptions, Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 22, § 4005(1)(A) requires appointment of a guardian ad litem (GAL) in every “child protection proceeding” (which, according to § 4002(3), includes both abuse/neglect and termination of parental rights proceedings). The exceptions are “a request for a preliminary protection order under section 4034 or a petition for a medical treatment order under section 4071, but including hearings on those orders ...” Then § 4005(1)(F) provides that “[t]he guardian ad litem or the child may request the court to appoint legal counsel for the child.”
If "yes", the established right to counsel or discretionary appointment of counsel is limited in some way, including any of: the only authority is a lower/intermediate court decision or a city council, not a high court or state legislature; there has been a subsequent case that has cast doubt; a statute is ambiguous; or the right or discretionary appointment is not for all types of individuals or proceedings within that category.
Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: no