Right to counsel

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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 ยง 16-2304(b)(1)

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no