Right to counsel
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).
Legislation, All Basic Human Needs
For all civil actions, the court cannot enter a default in a case unless a) an affidavit has been filed showing that the defendant is not in military service; or b) if no such affidavit is filed, appointing an attorney to represent the defendant. Cal Mil & Vet Code § 402(a). Moreover, the court is empowered to appoint counsel in any case in which a service member is a party and either does not appear or does not have counsel. Cal Mil & Vet Code § 402(c).
“A service member who is granted a stay of a civil action or proceeding under this section may apply for an additional stay based on continuing material effect of military duty on the service member’s ability to appear. If the court refuses to grant an additional stay of proceedings, it shall appoint counsel to represent the service member in the action or proceeding.” Cal Mil & Vet Code § 403.
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: yes