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Juvenile Court Rules Rules for the Care and Protection of Children: Rule 4. Appointment of counsel

Effective Date: 11/05/2018
Updates: Amended July 27, 2018, effective November 5, 2018

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Rule 4

Counsel shall be appointed in accordance with the provisions of G. L. c. 119, § 29 and c. 211D, the Massachusetts Rules of the Supreme Judicial Court, Rule 3:10, and applicable case law.

Note

See Dept. of Pub. Welfare v. J.K.B., 379 Mass. 1 (1979) (indigent parent entitled to court-appointed counsel in termination of parental rights proceedings pursuant to G. L. c. 210, § 3), Guardianship of V. V., 470 Mass. 590 (2015) (indigent parent entitled to court-appointed counsel on a guardianship petition pursuant to G. L. c. 190B) and L.B. v. Chief Justice of the Probate and Family Court Dept., 474 Mass. 231 (2016) (indigent parent entitled to court-appointed counsel in petitions to remove guardian and/or seek visits with the child under the guardianship provided the parent presents a meritorious claim for removal and/or modification of visitation).

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