Right to counsel

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Legislation, Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Children

Ark. Code Ann. § 9-27-401 established a Division of Dependency and Neglect Representation, and it refers to "the intent of the General Assembly to provide an appropriate and adequate level of representation to all children in dependency- neglect proceedings as required under federal and state law pursuant to § 9-27-316." Under § 9- 27-316(f), children are entitled to a "best interests" attorney ad litem.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes