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, Guardianship/Conservatorship of Adults - Ward
In proceedings relating to involuntary guardianship, the court “shall appoint counsel for the respondent when an initial petition . . . is filed”; in any subsequent proceeding, the court shall appoint counsel upon the respondent’s or a party’s written request, and may appoint counsel upon its own initiative. See 14 V.S.A. § 3065(a)(1). “Upon the filing of the petition, the court shall appoint counsel for the respondent” in proceedings involving guardianships for developmentally disabled individuals. See 18 V.S.A. § 9308.
“For indigent respondents, the court shall maintain a list of pro bono counsel from the private bar to be used before appointing nonprofit legal services organizations to serve as counsel.” Id. at § 3065(c).
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