Discretionary appointment of counsel
While a state may have many statutes, court decisions, or court rules governing appointment of counsel for a particular subject area, a "Key Development" is a statute/decision/rule that prevails over the others (example: a state high court decision finding a categorical right to counsel in guardianships cases takes precedence over a statute saying appointment in guardianship cases is discretionary).
Legislation, Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Children
Haw. Rev. Stat. § 587A-17(a) provides that the court may appoint counsel for any "party" in an abuse/neglect proceeding if it is in the child's best interest, and § 587A-4 defines "party" to include the child.
The court is required to "appoint a guardian ad litem for a child throughout the pendency of child protective proceedings under this chapter" Haw. Rev. Stat. § 587A-16(a), whose responsibilities include "inform[ing] the court of the child's opinions and requests." Haw. Rev. Stat. § 587A-16(c)(6). If "the child's opinions and requests differ from those being advocated by the guardian ad litem, the court shall evaluate and determine whether it is in the child's best interests to appoint an attorney to serve as the child's legal advocate concerning such issues and during such proceedings as the court deems to be in the best interests of the child." Haw. Rev. Stat. § 587A-16(c)(6).
If "yes", the established right to counsel or discretionary appointment of counsel is limited in some way, including any of: the only authority is a lower/intermediate court decision or a city council, not a high court or state legislature; there has been a subsequent case that has cast doubt; a statute is ambiguous; or the right or discretionary appointment is not for all types of individuals or proceedings within that category.
Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: no