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Civil Practice — Involuntary Commitment – Impartial Tribunal – No State Representation (access required)

As part of what is apparently a new policy in Durham County, the state did not send a representative to the hearing on a petition to involuntarily commit respondent, filed by his interim guardian. The trial court called the state’s sole witness—a doctor who had not evaluated respondent—and asked open-ended questions. Respondent’s counsel had the ...

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