Discretionary appointment of counsel

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Legislation, Domestic Violence - Alleged Victim

The court may appoint counsel to represent indigent victims of stalking in hearings for orders of protection, where the petition is not filed by the district attorney. Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 7-3-507(d).


The court also has the permissive authority to appoint counsel to "assist and advise" the petitioner in a hearing for an order of protection due to domestic abuse. Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 35-21-103(e) (2008). In such cases, "[t]he court may require the respondent to pay… reasonable attorney's fees whether the attorney is court appointed or retained by petitioner." Wyo. Stat. Ann. § 35-21-103(h).

Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: no