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, Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Accused Parents
An indigent parent has a right to counsel at all critical stages of the proceedings of an abuse/neglect case, as per D.C. Code § 16-2304(b)(1).
SCR Neglect and Abuse Rule 6 of the Superior Court, governing neglect and abuse proceedings, specifies that parents are to receive notice of their right to appointed counsel upon removal of the child.
Cite: D.C. Code § 16-2304(b)(1)
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