☰ Revisor of Missouri


Chapter 211

< > Effective - 28 Aug 2017, 3 histories, see footnote   (history) bottom

  211.211.  Right to counsel or guardian ad litem — counsel appointed, when — waiver. — 1.  A child is entitled to be represented by counsel in all proceedings under subdivision (2) or (3) of subsection 1 of section 211.031 and by a guardian ad litem in all proceedings under subdivision (1) of subsection 1 of section 211.031.

  2.  The court shall appoint counsel for a child prior to the filing of a petition if a request is made therefor to the court and the court finds that the child is the subject of a juvenile court proceeding and that the child making the request is indigent.

  3.  When a petition has been filed under subdivision (2) or (3) of subsection 1 of section 211.031, the court shall appoint counsel for the child except if private counsel has entered his or her appearance on behalf of the child or if counsel has been waived in accordance with law.

  4.  When a petition has been filed and the child's custodian appears before the court without counsel, the court shall appoint counsel for the custodian if it finds:

  (1)  That the custodian is indigent; and

  (2)  That the custodian desires the appointment of counsel; and

  (3)  That a full and fair hearing requires appointment of counsel for the custodian.

  5.  Counsel shall be allowed a reasonable time in which to prepare to represent his client.

  6.  Counsel shall serve for all stages of the proceedings, including appeal, unless relieved by the court for good cause shown.  If no appeal is taken, services of counsel are terminated following the entry of an order of disposition.

  7.  The child and his custodian may be represented by the same counsel except where a conflict of interest exists.  Where it appears to the court that a conflict exists, it shall order that the child and his custodian be represented by separate counsel, and it shall appoint counsel if required by subsection 3 or 4 of this section.

  8.  When a petition has been filed, a child may waive his right to counsel only with the approval of the court.

  9.  Waiver of counsel by a child may be withdrawn at any stage of the proceeding, in which event the court shall appoint counsel for the child if required by subsection 3 of this section.


(L. 1957 p. 642 § 211.215, A.L. 1989 H.B. 502, et al., A.L. 2017 S.B. 160)

---- end of effective  28 Aug 2017 ----

use this link to bookmark section  211.211

 - All versions
Effective End
211.211 8/28/2021
211.211 8/28/2017 8/28/2021
211.211 8/28/1989 8/28/2017

Click here for the Reorganization Act of 1974 - or - Concurrent Resolutions Having Force & Effect of Law
In accordance with Section 3.090, the language of statutory sections enacted during a legislative session are updated and available on this website on the effective date of such enacted statutory section. Revisor Home    

Other Information
 Recent Sections Editorials May Be Cited As Tables & Forms Multiple Enact
Repeal & Transfer Definitions End Report

Site changes Pictures Contact

Other Links
Legislative Research Oversight MOLIS
Library MO WebMasters
Missouri Senate
State of Missouri
Missouri House