Connecticut extends right to counsel for children in child welfare 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).
01/01/2011, Legislation, Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Children
In 2011, the Connecticut Legislature passed a bill (HB 6422) requiring that the court appoint a child-directed attorney in all child protection proceedings (as opposed to an attorney acting as both attorney and GAL), and specifies a separate GAL can only be appointed only upon request of the child's counsel where it becomes apparent that the child cannot act in his/her own best interests and where the child's wishes would cause harm to the child. This has been codified as Conn. Gen. Stat. § 46b-129a.
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