Right to 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, Paternity - Defendant/Respondent
There is a right to counsel for indigent respondents in paternity proceedings. Minn. Stat. § 257.69, subd. 1. See also Minn. Gen. R. Prac. 357.03 (requiring child support magistrate to appoint attorney at public expense for indigent party that requests attorney in all cases of establishment of parentage). The high court originally held that this statutory right extended to custody and visitation proceedings when such proceedings arise within a paternity case. Latourell v. Dempsey, 518 N.W.2d 564, 566 (Minn. 1994). However, § 257.69 was amended to say that "The representation of appointed counsel is limited in scope to the issue of establishment of parentage," and therefore, "Latourell no longer governs." In re D.F., 828 N.W.2d 138, 141 (Minn. Ct. App. 2013).
Additionally, Minnesota law provides that an indigent putative father who is on the adoption registry shall be appointed counsel at public expense when seeking to establish paternity in the context of an adoption. Minn. Stat. § 259.52, subd. 12; Minn. R. Adopt. Proc. 23.02.
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: categorical Qualified: no