Written by attorney Kenneth Justin E. Hutton

The right to a court appointed lawyer in Tennessee

Not every case entitles you to a court appointed lawyer and not everyone is entitled to a free lawyer. Review the list below to see if your case will qualify you for a court appointed attorney.

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8-14-101. Indigent person -- Defined. For the purposes of this part, an "indigent person" is one who does not possess sufficient means to pay reasonable compensation for the services of a competent attorney:(1) In any criminal prosecution or juvenile delinquency proceeding involving a possible deprivation of liberty; or (2) In any habeas corpus or other post-conviction proceeding. T.C.A. § 8-14-101

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