Right to counsel
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).
Legislation, Civil Commitment
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.
Pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws § 23-1.12-2, a person may be involuntarily committed due to dependency on alcohol. The court must inform the individual of their right to counsel in all proceedings related to their commitment or recommitment. If the person desires counsel, the court must appoint counsel for them if they are unable to obtain counsel. R.I. Gen. Laws § 23-1.12-2(j).
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: no