Discretionary appointment of counsel
While a state may have many statutes, court decisions, or court rules governing appointment of counsel for a particular subject area, a "Key Development" is a statute/decision/rule that prevails over the others (example: a state high court decision finding a categorical right to counsel in guardianships cases takes precedence over a statute saying appointment in guardianship cases is discretionary).
Legislation, All Basic Human Needs
In Opinion Request OP 1998-7, the Oregon Attorney General stated:
Historically, the appointment of qualified legal counsel has been sufficient to assist individuals in understanding and participating in the judicial proceedings. Counsel serves the function of advising clients about the judicial process. ... Because of the significant role of attorneys in advising clients with mental impairments about judicial proceedings as well as the legal and ethical obligations on attorneys who represent impaired clients, appointment of counsel (at no cost to the unrepresented party) may provide 'other effective means of communication' ... or an appropriate 'modification of policies and procedures' in cases where the mentally impaired party does not appear to be able to understand the judicial proceedings.
If "yes", the established right to counsel or discretionary appointment of counsel is limited in some way, including any of: the only authority is a lower/intermediate court decision or a city council, not a high court or state legislature; there has been a subsequent case that has cast doubt; a statute is ambiguous; or the right or discretionary appointment is not for all types of individuals or proceedings within that category.
Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: yes