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).
Litigation, Paternity - Defendant/Respondent
In M. v. S., 404 A.2d 653, 656 (N.J. Super. Ct. Law Div. 1979), the court held that "Bastardy proceedings are at least quasi-criminal in nature ... A paternity action can result in consequences of magnitude ...Therefore, in bastardy proceedings an indigent defendant must be assigned counsel without cost." The court relied on Rodriguez v. Rosenblatt, 277 A.2d 216, 223 (N.J. 1971), which had held there is a right to counsel under the New Jersey Constitution whenever a litigant faces a "consequence of magnitude."
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: yes