Right to counsel
Legislation, Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Children
Children have a right to the appointment of a guardian ad litem who is an attorney in abuse/neglect proceedings. D.C. Code § 16-2304(b)(5). The GAL's role is to represent the child's best interests.
Under SCR Neglect and Abuse Rule 42, the court has the ability to appoint a separate attorney as well. SCR Neglect and Abuse Rule 42 ("An attorney shall be appointed to serve as guardian ad litem for a child or children alleged to be neglected and the Court may, in addition, appoint an attorney to represent such child or children.").
Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes