New North Dakota law strengthens right to counsel for kids
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).
04/28/2021, Legislation, Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Children
In 2021, North Dakota enacted a bill specifying that in children in need of protection cases, "Counsel for the child must be appointed, regardless of income, unless counsel is retained for the juvenile ... if the child is of sufficient age and competency to assist counsel."
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