Right to counsel

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Legislation, Sterilization

D.C. Code Ann. § 21-2047.01 provides the power for a guardian to consent to sterilization of the person subject to guardianship in certain circumstances, and D.C. Code Ann. § 21-2041 specifies that “After the filing of a petition, the court shall set a date for hearing on the issue of incapacity so that notice may be given as required by section 21-2042 and, unless the allegedly incapacitated individual is represented by counsel, the court shall appoint an attorney to represent the individual in the proceeding.”

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no