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, Involuntary Medical Treatment (incomplete)
Immediately upon arriving at an emergency receiving facility, a proposed mental health patient is informed of their right to appointed counsel if indigent. Ga. Code. Ann. § 37-3-44. Within five days after the filing of a petition for a court ordered evaluation under Ga. Code. Ann. § 37-3-61, the court shall provide the patient with notice of the hearing which informs them of their right to counsel. Ga. Code. Ann. § 37-3-62.
Under Ga. Code. Ann. § 37-3-81.1, the court may order inpatient or outpatient mental health-related treatment on an involuntary basis. Outpatient treatment may be ordered for any period not to exceed one year. Ga. Code. Ann. § 37-3-93(a). If treatment is needed beyond the initial period authorized, a hearing is held at which the patient is also afforded counsel if indigent. Ga. Code. Ann. § 37-3-93(b).
There is also a right to counsel in involuntary outpatient treatment matters due to chemical dependency. See Ga. Code. Ann. §§ 37-7-44 (upon arrival at emergency receiving facility); 37-7-62 (hearings on petitions for court-ordered evaluations); 37-7-92 (outpatient treatment hearings); 37-7-93 (hearings on continued involuntary treatment beyond initial period authorized).
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