Discretionary appointment of counsel

Legislation, Termination of Parental Rights (State) - Birth Parents

Haw. Rev. Stat. § 587A-17(a) provides that the court may appoint counsel for indigent parents in termination proceedings, or 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  Note, however, that this discretionary system has been superseded by a constitutional ruling establishing a right to counsel in all such proceedings.  See In re T.M., 319 P.3d 338 (Haw. 2014).

Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: no