Right to counsel

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Litigation, Civil Commitment - Subject of Petition

In Wetherhorn v. Alaska Psychiatric Inst., 156 P.3d 371, 383 (Alaska 2007), the the Alaska Supreme Court held there is a right to counsel for involuntary commitment.  The court relied on the due process clause of the Alaska Constitution, and the threat to physical liberty and privacy.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no