Discretionary appointment of 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, All Basic Human Needs
Tennessee has a statute providing judges with the discretion to appoint counsel in any civil case. The statutory section covering Attorney's Right and Duties to indigent persons states, "[a]t the return term of the process, the court may appoint counsel for the plaintiff in actions prosecuted in the manner prescribed for paupers, and also for the defendant, if the defendant makes an oath that, owing to the defendant's poverty, the defendant cannot employ counsel." Tenn. Code Ann. § 23-2-101. The high court has held that counsel appointed pursuant to this statute is not entitled to compensation, because "Where a lawyer takes his license he takes it burthened with these honorary obligations." House v. Whitis, 64 Tenn. 690, 692 (1875).
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: discretionary Qualified: no