Right to counsel

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Litigation, Civil Commitment - Subject of Petition

The Alaska Supreme Court held there is a right to counsel for involuntary commitment or administration of psychotropic medication proceedings. The court relied on the due process clause of the Alaska Constitution, and the threat to physical liberty and privacy.

Cite: Wetherhorn v. Alaska Psychiatric Inst., 156 P.3d 371, 383 (Alaska 2007)

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no