Discretionary appointment of counsel
Litigation, Termination of Parental Rights (State) - Birth Parents
Several Arkansas courts have said that due process only requires appointment of counsel on a case-by-case basis in termination cases.
Cite: Bearden v. Arkansas Dept of Human Servs., 42 S.W.3d 397 (Ark. 2001); Battishill v. Arkansas Dept. of Human Services, 82 S.W.3d 178, 179 (Ark. Ct. App. 2002)
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