No. DA 07-0722.

199 P.3d 805 (2008)

2008 MT 445

348 Mont. 1

In the Matter of the Mental Health of J.D.L., Respondent and Appellant.

Supreme Court of Montana.

Decided December 30, 2008.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

For Appellant: Jim Wheelis, Chief Appellate Defender; Roberta R. Zenker, Assistant Appellate Defender, Helena, Montana.

For Appellee: Hon. Mike McGrath, Montana Attorney General; John Paulson, Assistant Attorney General, Leo J. Gallagher, Lewis & Clark County Attorney; Mike Menahan, Deputy County Attorney, Helena, Montana.

Justice JOHN WARNER delivered the Opinion of the Court.

¶ 1 J.D.L. appeals from a judgment entered in the First Judicial District Court, Lewis and Clark County, involuntarily committing him to the Montana State Hospital (MSH). J.D.L. raises several issues. However, because we hold the District Court erred in not appointing a friend for J.D.L., as required by § 53-21-122(2), MCA, we need not discuss other issues...

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