Right to counsel

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Legislation, Civil Contempt in Family Court

Ark. Code Ann. § 16-87-306 states: "The public defender in each judicial district shall have the following duties: (1)(A) To defend indigents within the district as determined by the circuit, municipal, or juvenile courts in the district in all: ... (iii) Contempt proceedings punishable by incarceration."  This suggests that there might be a right to appoined counsel in all civil contempt cases.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes