Right to counsel

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Legislation, Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Accused Parents

In Child in Need of Assistance proceedings, indigent parents have a right to counsel. Also, the court must appoint counsel for unrepresented parents if they are incompetent by reason of mental disability, regardless of indigency.

Cite: Md. Code Ann. Ct.s & Jud. Proc ยงยง 3-813(b)(1); Md. Code Ann. Crim. Proc. 16-204(b)(1)(v)

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no