Right to counsel

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Legislation, Involuntary Medical Treatment

Indigent respondents to a petition for involuntary treatment for chronic substance abuse are entitled to counsel at public expense. See Iowa Code § 125.78(1) ("The court shall allow the respondent to select an attorney or shall assign an attorney to the respondent," and "[i]f the respondent is financially unable to pay an attorney, the county shall compensate the attorney at an hourly rate").

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no