Right to counsel

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Legislation, Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Children

The Uniform Juvenile Court Act provides indigent parties with appointed counsel "at custodial, post-petition, and informal adjustment stages of proceedings under this chapter" (although the next sentence clarifies that only indigent children are entitled to appointed counsel at the informal adjustment stage). N.D. Cent. Code § 27-20-26. However, a child's right to counsel in juvenile proceedings only arises for a child who is either not represented by the child's parent or guardian or where the child's interests conflict with those of the parent. N.D. Cent. Code § 27-20-26(1).

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes