New York Consolidated Laws, Family Court Act - FCT § 241. Findings and purpose

This act declares that minors who are the subject of family court proceedings or appeals in proceedings originating in the family court should be represented by counsel of their own choosing or by assigned counsel.  This declaration is based on a finding that counsel is often indispensable to a practical realization of due process of law and may be helpful in making reasoned determinations of fact and proper orders of disposition.  This part establishes a system of attorneys for children who often require the assistance of counsel to help protect their interests and to help them express their wishes to the court.  Nothing in this act is intended to preclude any other interested person from appearing by counsel.


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