The Second Department determined the appellant was deprived of her right to counsel. The orders of protection were reversed:
A party in a proceeding pursuant to Family Court Act article 8 has the right to be represented by counsel (see Family Ct Act § 262[a][ii]), but may waive that right provided that he or she does so knowingly, voluntarily, and intelligently … . In order to determine whether a party is validly waiving the statutory right to counsel, the Family Court must conduct a “searching inquiry” to ensure that the waiver is knowing, voluntary, and intelligent … . A waiver is valid where the party was aware of the dangers and disadvantages of proceeding without counsel … . The deprivation of a party’s right to counsel guaranteed by Family Court Act § 262 requires reversal, without regard to the merits of the unrepresented party’s position … .
Here, the record supports the appellant’s contention that she was not advised of her right to counsel in accordance with Family Court Act § 262(a). Further, there is no indication on the record that she waived her right to counsel. Under these circumstances, the appellant was deprived of her statutory right to counsel .. . Matter of Osorio v Osorio, 2016 NY Slip Op 06219, 2nd Dept 9-28-16
FAMILY LAW (APPELLANT WAS NOT APPRISED OF AND DID NOT WAIVER HER RIGHT TO COUNSEL; ORDERS OF PROTECTION REVERSED)/ATTORNEYS (FAMILY LAW, APPELLANT WAS NOT APPRISED OF AND DID NOT WAIVER HER RIGHT TO COUNSEL; ORDERS OF PROTECTION REVERSED)/RIGHT TO COUNSEL (FAMILY LAW, APPELLANT WAS NOT APPRISED OF AND DID NOT WAIVER HER RIGHT TO COUNSEL; ORDERS OF PROTECTION REVERSED)