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, Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Children
A court must appoint counsel for an indigent minor in "all critical stages" of any proceeding before the Youth Court. Miss. Code Ann. § 43-21-201(1). This includes abuse/neglect proceedings. Miss. Code Ann. § 43-21-151 (giving youth court exclusive jurisdiction in proceedings involving "a child in need of supervision, a neglected child, an abused child or a dependent child", except in certain limited circumstances). In cases where the court appoints a layman as guardian ad litem, the court shall also appoint an attorney to represent the child." § 43-21-121(4).
Rule 13(f) of the Uniform Rules of Youth Court Practice adds that even if the guardian ad litem is an attorney, if the child's wishes conflict with the guardian's recommendations, then the court "shall retain the guardian ad litem to represent the best interest of the child and appoint an attorney to represent the child's preferences." If abuse/neglect allegations surface in the context of a custody proceeding, then the court "shall appoint a guardian ad litem for the child as provided under Section 43-21-121, who shall be an attorney." Miss. Code Ann. § 93-5-23.
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