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TENNESSEE COMPILATION OF SELECTED LAWS ON CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILIES, 2011 EDITION

TENNESSEE CODE ANNOTATED

Title 33 Mental Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Chapter 3 General Rules Applicable to Service Recipients

Part 6 Judicial Procedures for Residential Treatment

33-3-608. Attorney - Notification of representation - Appointment by court.

The defendant's attorney shall notify the court of the representation immediately after accepting it. If the defendant does not employ an attorney, the court shall appoint an attorney to represent the defendant not less than five (5) days in advance of the hearing. An attorney representing the defendant shall not serve as guardian ad litem. If the court determines that the defendant is not able to understand the nature of the proceedings and cannot communicate with counsel in the conduct of the case, the court may appoint another person to serve as the defendant's guardian ad litem.

Acts 1983, ch. 323, § 9; T.C.A., § 33-367; Acts 1984, ch. 922, §§ 16, 20; 2000, ch. 947, § 1.

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