Right to counsel

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Legislation, Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Children

In a proceeding alleging abuse or neglect, the court must appoint a lawyer-guardian ad litem to represent the child. Mich. Comp. Laws 712A.17c(7); Mich. Ct. R. 3.915(B).


The child may not waive the assistance of the lawyer- guardian ad litem. Mich. Comp. Laws 712A.17c(7).  If the lawyer-GAL determines that the child’s wishes conflict with that of the lawyer-GAL, the court is authorized to appoint an attorney for the child if the court determines the child is sufficiently mature.  Mich. Comp. Laws 712A.17d(2). 

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes