Right to counsel

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Legislation, Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Children

Okla. Stat. tit. 10A, § 1-4-306(A)(2)(a) provides:

The court may appoint an attorney or a guardian ad litem for the child when an emergency custody hearing is held; provided, that when a petition is filed alleging the child to be deprived, the court shall appoint a separate attorney for the child, who shall not be a district attorney, regardless of any attempted waiver by the parent, legal guardian or custodian of the child of the right of the child to be represented by counsel. 

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no