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      CHC 848     


Art. 848.  Notice of right to counsel; form



Under the laws of Louisiana, every child accused of delinquency is entitled to have a lawyer to be present and to assist the child to answer the attached petition.  A child is entitled to be represented by a lawyer at every stage of proceedings in the juvenile court, including the right to appeal from any judgment of disposition which might be ordered by the court.

If the parents of an accused child are completely financially unable to afford to employ a lawyer, the court will appoint a lawyer and the state will pay for his services.

If the parents are found to be financially able to afford to employ a lawyer but fail to employ one, the juvenile court may appoint a lawyer for the child and require the parents to pay for the lawyer's services.

The financial ability or inability of the parents to employ a lawyer will be determined by the court after a hearing.  The court may require the parents to pay for some or all of the costs of lawyer's services on behalf of the child.

After consulting with parents or other adult interested in the child's welfare, the child may be permitted by the court to proceed without the assistance of a lawyer.  This decision can be made at any time during the proceedings in the juvenile court."

Acts 1991, No. 235, §8, eff. Jan. 1, 1992.

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