Right to counsel

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Legislation, Termination of Parental Rights (State) - Children

Tenn. Code Ann. § 37-1-149 requires the court to appoint a GAL for the child in juvenile court proceedings.  Tn. R. S. Ct. Rule 40(b)(1) defines “guardian ad litem” as “a lawyer appointed by the court to advocate for the best interests of a child and to ensure that the child’s concerns and preferences are effectively advocated.” 

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes