Discretionary appointment of counsel

Legislation, Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Accused Parents

The court may appoint counsel for any indigent parent in an abuse/neglect case, and for other parties if it is in the child's best interest.  Note, however, that this discretionary system has been superseded by a constitutional ruling establishing a right to counsel for parents in all such proceedings.  See In re T.M., 319 P.3d 338 (Haw. 2014).

Cite: Haw. Rev. Stat. ยง 587A-17(a)

Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: no