Right to counsel

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Legislation, Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Accused Parents

Indigent parents have a right to counsel in abuse/neglect cases. N.C. Gen. Stat. §§ 7A-451(a)(12), 7B-602.


The fact that a parent consents to adoption does not eliminate the right to counsel, where the request for consent to adopt stemmed from an abuse/neglect proceeding. In the Matter of Maynard, 448 S.E.2d 871, 874 (N.C. Ct. App. 1994).

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no