Right to counsel

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Litigation, Civil Commitment

A federal court held that in Michigan civil commitment cases, “the respondent has the right to legal counsel and, if indigent, to appointed counsel, to assist him at every step of the commitment proceedings; and further that he must be notified of this right at the outset of the proceedings.  Bell v. Wayne Cty. Gen. Hosp. At Eloise, 384 F. Supp. 1085, 109 (E.D. Mich. 1974).  The court relied on In re Gault, 387 U.S. 1 (1967) (finding right to counsel for juveniles in delinquency proceedings) as well as decisions from other federal courts.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no