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Civil Practice — Involuntary Commitment – Constitutional – Due Process – No State Representation (access required)

At respondent’s involuntary commitment hearing, no representative appeared on behalf of the state. The doctor who filed the petition was present; the trial court called him as a witness and asked open-ended questions. Respondent’s attorney had the opportunity to cross-examine the doctor, and respondent testified himself. Under these circumstances, respondent’s due process rights were not ...

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