Right to 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, Involuntary Medical Treatment
There is a right to counsel for developmentally disabled individuals subject to certain kinds of treatment at a facility, such as shock therapy or administration of medicine. N.J. Stat. § 30:6D-5 (“In the event that a person cannot afford counsel, the court shall appoint an attorney not less than 10 days before the hearing. An attorney so appointed shall be entitled to a reasonable fee to be determined by the court and paid by the county from which the person was admitted.”)
Additionally, patients have a right to counsel at any proceeding relating to subjecting the patient to "experimental research, shock treatment, [or] psychosurgery ..." N. J. Stat. Ann. § 30:4-24.2(d)(2). The statute adds that if a patient cannot afford counsel, the court shall appoint an attorney not less than 10 days before the hearing, and the appointed attorney shall be entitled to a reasonable fee to be determined by the court and paid by the county from which the patient was admitted.
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: categorical Qualified: no