Discretionary appointment of counsel

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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.”

Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: no