Discretionary appointment of 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
New Hampshire provides the court with the power to appoint counsel for a child in certain cases involving neglect or abuse. First, the court is required to first appoint a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) or other approved program guardian ad litem for the child. N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 169-C:10(I). The court may then appoint an attorney for a child if "a CASA or other approved program guardian ad litem is unavailable for appointment." The court may also appoint an attorney to represent the interests of a child "where the child's expressed interests conflict with the recommendation for dispositional orders of the guardian ad litem . . . ." N.H. Stat. § 169-C:10(II)(a) (citation omitted). If the court appoints an attorney as counsel for a child, the attorney's scope of representation "may include counsel and investigative, expert and other services, including process to compel the attendance of witnesses, as may be necessary to protect the rights of the child." N.H. Stat. § 169-C:10(II)(b).
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: yes