Right to counsel

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Legislation, Sexually Dangerous Persons - Commitment

For commitments of sexually dangerous persons, there is a right to counsel under the general civil commitment law, see Minn. Stat. § 253B.02 subd. 17(b) (applying civil commitment code, including right to counsel in Minn. Stat. § 253B.07 subd. 2c, to “A person committed as a sexual psychopathic personality or sexually dangerous person as defined in subdivisions 18a and 18b”), and also a separate right to counsel specified in Minn. Stat. § 253D.20 (“A committed person has the right to be represented by counsel at any proceeding under this chapter. The court shall appoint a qualified attorney to represent the committed person if neither the committed person nor others provide counsel.”)

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no