Illinois adds counsel for involuntary sterilization proceedings

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01/01/2011, Legislation, Quarantine/Inoculation

A new state law, which went into effect in 2010, provides that when sterilization of a ward of the state is sought, the ward has a right to appointed counsel upon request if the ward objects to sterilization or takes a position contrary to that of the court-appointed guardian ad litem. The court also has discretion to appoint even without a request by the ward if it is in "the interests of justice."

Cite: Public Act 96-0272, 755 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 5/11a-17.1(d)

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