Wyoming

This page provides a breakdown of all major developments and right to counsel law that the NCCRC knows for this state, sorted by subject area. Click on either tab below to see the aspect it describes.

Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Accused Parents

Legislation

Key_development Question_mark

Right to counsel

Indigent parents have a right to counsel in abuse/neglect proceedings.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no

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Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Children

Legislation

Key_development Question_mark

Right to counsel

Children have a right to counsel in abuse/neglect proceedings.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no

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Benefits - Claimant

Legislation

Key_development Question_mark

Discretionary appointment of counsel - worker's compensation

A hearing examiner and district court may appoint counsel in contested worker's compensation cases.

Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: yes

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Bypass of Parental Input into Abortion - Minor

Legislation

Key_development Question_mark

Discretionary appointment of counsel

A court may appoint counsel for a minor seeking to bypass the parental consent and notification requirements for an abortion.

Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: no

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Civil Commitment - Subject of Petition

Legislation

Key_development Question_mark

Right to counsel

There is a right to counsel for the subject of a civil commitment proceeding.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no

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Litigation

Right to counsel

A federal appellate court found a constitutional right to counsel for Wyoming civil commitment proceedings.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes

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Domestic Violence - Alleged Victim

Legislation

Key_development Question_mark

Discretionary appointment of counsel

A court may appoint counsel for the victim in a few DV scenarios.

Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: no

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Guardianship/Conservatorship of Adults - Ward

Legislation

Key_development Question_mark

Right to counsel

The subject of a guardianship proceeding may be appointed counsel upon order of the court.

Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: no

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Paternity - Petitioner or Child

Legislation

Key_development Question_mark

Right to counsel

The court must appoint counsel for a child in a paternity proceeding in certain circumstances.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes

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Termination of Parental Rights (Private) - Birth Parents

Legislation

Key_development Question_mark

Discretionary appointment of counsel

It is possible that there is a discretionary appointment of counsel for parents in adoption cases.

Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: yes

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Termination of Parental Rights (State) - Birth Parents

Legislation

Key_development Question_mark

Discretionary appointment of counsel

The court may appoint counsel for an indigent parent in a termination of parental rights proceeding.

Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: no

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Other Subject Areas

Legislation

Right to counsel - truancy

A court must appoint counsel for a child in habitual truancy cases.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no

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