Right to counsel

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Legislation, Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Children

The court must appoint counsel for any child fourteen years or older in an abuse/neglect proceeding; otherwise, the child is appointed a guardian ad litem who must be an attorney. N.M. Stat. § 32A-4-10(C). The statute adds that "When a child reaches fourteen years of age, the child's guardian ad litem shall continue as the child's attorney; provided that the court shall appoint a different attorney for the child if: (1) the child requests a different attorney; (2) the guardian ad litem requests to be removed; or (3) the court determines that the appointment of a different attorney is appropriate."

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes