Discretionary appointment of counsel
Litigation, Incarceration for Fees/Fines (incomplete)
In Sheedy v. Merrimack, 128 N.H. 51, 56 (1986), the New Hampshire Supreme Court held that appointment of counsel was discretionary in proceedings involving a private debtor in contempt, because the failure to pay a civil judgment was not a complicated issue and because the individual was not “so incapable of speaking for himself." The court also rejected the reading of Lassiter that would create a presumption in favor of appointed counsel where the individual is subject to incarceration. Even if such a presumption, it would have been rebutted because the individual “will hold the keys to his own prison.”
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: discretionary Qualified: no