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In the Matter of Civil Commitment of D.Y. (A-42-12; 071464)


In the Matter of Civil Commitment of D.Y. (A-42-12;
          071464)
          The plain language of N.J.S.A. 30:4-27.29(c) and -
          27.31(a) requires that there be one of two alternative
          forms of representation at SVP commitment hearings:
          (1) full representation by counsel, or (2) self-
          representation by an individual who is competent to
          conduct his or her case, with standby counsel present
          throughout the hearing to assist if needed.  Standby
          counsel may advise the committee, assist the court in
          expediting the proceedings, and assume an active role
          if his or her client proves unwilling or unable to
          participate cooperatively in the hearing.