Right to counsel

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Legislation, Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Accused Parents

The Juvenile Act, 42 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 6337, provides that a party is entitled to representation by legal counsel at all stages of any proceeding under the Juvenile Act, and if indigent, has the right to have the court provide counsel. See also Pa. R. J. C. P. 1151(E) (If counsel does not enter an appearance for a party, the court shall inform the party of the right to counsel prior to any proceeding. If counsel is requested by a party in any case, the court shall assign counsel for the party if the party is without financial resources or otherwise unable to employ counsel. Counsel shall be appointed prior to the first court proceeding.")  

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no