Right to counsel

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Legislation, Civil Commitment

A person has the "absolute and unconditional" right to legal counsel in an involuntary civil commitment proceeding in probate court. N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 135-C:22. "If the client or person sought to be admitted is unable to pay for counsel, the court shall appoint either a member of New Hampshire Legal Assistance, or its successor organization, or another attorney who shall be compensated at a rate as determined by the supreme court." N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 135-C:23. 

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no