Right to counsel

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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).


SCR Neglect and Abuse Rule 42 adds that "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