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34-20A-85Rights to contest proceedings and to assistance of counsel--Court to require counsel if necessary.

The court shall inform the person whose commitment or recommitment is sought of his right to contest the application, be represented by counsel at every stage of any proceedings relating to his commitment and recommitment, and have counsel appointed by the court or provided by the court, if he wants the assistance of counsel and is unable to obtain counsel. If the court believes that the person needs the assistance of counsel, the court shall require, by appointment if necessary, counsel for him regardless of his wishes.

Source: SL 1974, ch 240, § 12 (j).


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