Right to counsel

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Litigation, Civil Commitment

in Matter of S.L., 462 A.2d 1252 (N.J. 1983), the New Jersey Supreme Court found a federal due process right to counsel in civil commitment, and relied upon Vitek v. Jones, 445 U.S. 480 (1980) (defining prisoner's rights during involuntary transfer to a mental health facility).

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no