New Louisiana law requires counsel for fines/fees cases
While a state may have many statutes, court decisions, or court rules governing appointment of counsel for a particular subject area, a "Key Development" is a statute/decision/rule that prevails over the others (example: a state high court decision finding a categorical right to counsel in guardianships cases takes precedence over a statute saying appointment in guardianship cases is discretionary).
06/21/2017, Legislation, Incarceration for Fees/Fines (incomplete)
Louisiana HB 249, signed by the Governor last week, amends the law relating to the collection of legal financial obligations. Among other things (including how such obligations are imposed in the first place, the bill added La. C.Cr.P. Art. 895.5(C)(2)(d) to provide a right to appointed counsel when an indigent defendant is held in contempt for failure to comply with a court-imposed payment plan.
If "yes", the established right to counsel or discretionary appointment of counsel is limited in some way, including any of: the only authority is a lower/intermediate court decision or a city council, not a high court or state legislature; there has been a subsequent case that has cast doubt; a statute is ambiguous; or the right or discretionary appointment is not for all types of individuals or proceedings within that category.
Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no