- Associated Press - Friday, September 19, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - A state appeals court has ruled that judges cannot appoint lawyers at taxpayer expense to represent people applying to restore their right to possess firearms after they’ve undergone court-ordered psychiatric treatment.

Pinal County officials had appealed Superior Court Judge Joseph Georgini’s order that the public defender’s office represent a woman in such a case.

Georgini previously appointed the office to represent the woman in proceedings for court-ordered proceedings that resulted in an order for psychiatric treatment and a prohibition against firearms possession.

The judge later ordered the office to represent the woman when she applied to restore her right to possess firearms after being discharged from treatment.

The Court of Appeals ruled that the woman’s personal liberty isn’t now at stake so she’s not entitled to have an appointed lawyer.

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