Discretionary appointment of counsel

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Litigation, Civil Forfeiture

The Alaska Supreme Court held that a court can appoint counsel in a civil forfeiture proceeding where there are no criminal charges pending or where the forfeiture proceeding has not been stayed, in order to protect the claimant's privilege against self-incrimination. It did not indicate the source of authority for such appointments.

Cite: Resek v. State, 706 P.2d 288, 289 (Alaska 1985)

Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: no