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LJuCR 2.0. Right to Appointed Counsel

Local Juvenile Court Rule - Shelter Care Proceedings

    (a) Children. In addition to the right to appointed counsel provided by statute, all children age 12 and older have the right to be appointed an attorney at public expense.
    (b) Notification by Petitioner. Upon filing a dependency petition, the petitioner must notify the appropriate public defense entity that a petition has been filed and that counsel for the parent (and youth, if required by this rule or by statute) should be provisionally appointed pursuant to the procedures outlined in the court’s Dependency and Title 13 RCW Guardianship Manual (see LJuCR 1.1).

[Adopted effective March 20, 1997; amended effective September 1, 2023.]