WA State guarantees counsel for children in termination 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).
05/10/2021, Legislation, Termination of Parental Rights (State) - Children
In 2021, the Washington State Legislature enacted HB 1219, which guarantees appointed counsel for children in dependency and termination of parental rights cases. The right will be phased in over 6 years and coordinated through the state's Office of CIvil Legal Aid.
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
The NCCRC filed supportive testimony and has worked with advocates on this issue for many years.