Right to counsel

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Court Rule or Initiative, Civil Contempt in Family Court

In a proceeding for constructive civil contempt where incarceration is sought, the court shall provide written notice to the alleged contemnor of his or her right to counsel, including the benefits of representation. MD. R. 15-206(c)(2)(C).


While the rule specifies that the defendant must be notified that “the Public Defender may provide a lawyer for you” (emphasis added), MD. Code Crim. Proc. § 16-204 (b)(1)(iv) (which concedely is in the criminal code) does say that an indigent defendant shall be provided representation by the Public Defender in “any [] proceeding in which confinement under a judicial commitment of an individual in a public or private institution may result.”

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no