Right to counsel

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Legislation, Sexually Dangerous Persons - Commitment

There is a right to counsel for indigent respondents in sexually violent predator commitment cases, including for review of the commitment.  Cal. Welf. & Inst. Code § 6603(a), 6605(a)(3).


In People v. Hill, 162 Cal. Rptr. 3d 3 (Cal. App. 2013), the Court of Appeals concluded that there is a right to effective assistance of counsel in sexually violent predator proceedings.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no