Right to counsel

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Legislation, Termination of Parental Rights (State) - Children

La. Child. Code Ann. art. 1016 provides: 

A. The child and the parent shall each have the right to be represented by separate counsel in a termination proceeding brought under this Title. Neither the child nor anyone purporting to act on his behalf may be permitted to waive the child's right to counsel.


B. The court shall appoint a qualified, independent attorney to represent the child in such a proceeding. If attorneys are available through the Child Advocacy Program, the court shall contact the office of the program and request the assignment of an attorney who shall be appointed.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no