Inform Defendants of Right to Counsel
Municipal courts shall inform all defendants of their
right to counsel and must obtain an informed waiver
if defendants choose to proceed pro se. If a defendant
requests counsel but cannot afford representation, the
court shall appoint an attorney when constitutionally
or statutorily required. Municipal courts shall provide
attorneys for all minors and in additional instances where
doing so is consistent with their policies.
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