Discretionary appointment of counsel
Legislation, Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Children
The court has discretion to appoint counsel for any child upon the court's own initiative or by request of anyone, and the state must inform children twelve or older of their right to request counsel. Wash. Rev. Code § 13.34.100(7).
In In re J.A., 2014 WL 2601713 (Wa. App. 2014) (unpublished), the Court of Appeals found that a trial court had abused its discretion under § 13.34.100 by not appointing counsel for a foster child, given the lack of stable placement for the child and the general risks of error in dependency proceedings.
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: discretionary Qualified: no