Right to counsel

Litigation, Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Accused Parents

In In re Myricks' Welfare, 533 P.2d 841 (Wash. 1975), the Washington Supreme Court held that due process under the state and federal constitutions requires counsel for all indigent parents in abuse/neglect cases. The case preceded the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Lassiter, but has been cited favorably since Lassiter, suggesting its holding is under the Washington State Constitution.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes