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Appointed lawyer a right in child-custody matters

By Ken Kobayashi

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 07, 2014

~~<p>Parents who can't afford a lawyer have a state constitutional right to a court-appointed attorney when the state seeks to terminate their parental rights, the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled Monday.</p>
<p>In the unanimous decision, the high court held that the failure of a Hawaii island Family Court judge to appoint a lawyer for a woman nearly 19 months after the state requested temporary foster custody over her son was an &quot;abuse of discretion.&quot;</p>
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Parents who can't afford a lawyer have a state constitutional right to a court-appointed attorney when the state seeks to terminate their parental rights, the Hawaii Supreme Court ruled Monday.

In the unanimous decision, the high court held that the failure of a Hawaii island Family Court judge to appoint a lawyer for a woman nearly 19 months after the state requested temporary foster custody over her son was an "abuse of discretion." Login for more...



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