Right to counsel

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Court Rule or Initiative, Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Accused Parents

Rule 12 of the Children in Need of Aid Rules requires appointment of counsel for indigent parents in CINA cases, as well as for parents on active military duty who have not appeared in the case. At the first hearing at which a parent is present, court shall inform the parent of right to be represented at all stages of the proceedings. AK R CINA Rule 12. Additionally, the notice of hearing on the petition and summons must contain a statement about the parent’s right to counsel. AK R CINA Rule 7.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no