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b. Self-representation

State v. D.M.S.W., Sr., 2018AP124-125, 4/3/18, District 1, (1-judge opinion, ineligible for publication); case activity ¶9 We conclude that D.M.W., Sr. waived his right to appellate review of the circuit court’s decision to sua sponte sever the parents’ hearings. Prior to the fact finding hearings, the circuit court informed D.M.W., Sr. that it would sever… Read More

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Sheboygan County DH&HS v. Wesley M., No. 2010AP2946, District 2, 6/15/11 court of appeals decision (1-judge, not for publication); for Wesley M.: Leonard D. Kachinsky; case activity ¶7        A parent is entitled to the effective assistance of counsel in termination of parental rights proceedings, and the applicable standards are those which apply in criminal cases… Read More

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Dane County DHS v. Susan P.S., 2006 WI App 100, PFR filed 5/15/06 Issue/Holding: Holding the dispositional hearing beyond the 45-day time limit set by § 48.424(4) did not deprive the trial court of competency to proceed, where good cause existed for continuance under § 48.315(2), namely that the respondent’s attorney was going to be… Read More

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TPR – Self-Representation – Standards

Dane County DHS v. Susan P.S., 2006 WI App 100, PFR filed 5/15/06 (published) Issue/Holding1: The same “self-representation competency standards developed in … criminal cases” applies to TPRs, ¶¶9-16. Standards summarized, ¶¶17-23. Though much of this recitation is fairly abstract, the following embellishment of Pickens v. State, 96 Wis. 2d 549, 292 N.W.2d 601 (1980) may be… Read More

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