Right to counsel

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Legislation, Civil Commitment - Subject of Petition

R.I. Gen. Laws § 40.1-5-8(d)(2) specifies that in a proceeding to certify someone to a mental health facility, "If the person is unable to afford counsel, the court forthwith shall appoint the mental health advocate for him or her."


Rhode Island law also provides a right to counsel for court-certified alleged narcotics addicts who appear before a family or district court without counsel and are financially unable to engage counsel.  R.I. Gen. Laws § 21-28.2-3(4). In these cases, the court is required to notify the person of their right to counsel. 

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no