Right to counsel

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Legislation, Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Accused Parents

Under the Illinois Juvenile Courts Act, which covers dependency and termination of parental rights, indigent “parents, guardian, legal custodian or responsible relative who are parties respondent” must be appointed counsel if indigent.  705 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 405/1-5(1).  See also In re Adoption of L.T.M., 824 N.E.2d 221, 230 (Ill. 2005). The statute further specifies that "Counsel appointed for the minor and any indigent party shall appear at all stages of the trial court proceeding..."

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no