§16-5C-14. Legal counsel and services for the director.
(a) Legal counsel and services for the director in all
administrative hearings may be provided by the attorney general or
a staff attorney and all proceedings in any circuit court and the
supreme court of appeals shall be provided by the attorney general,
or his or her assistants, or an attorney employed by the director
in proceedings in any circuit court by the prosecuting attorney of
the county as well, all without additional compensation.
(b) The governor may appoint counsel for the director, who
shall perform such legal services in representing the interests of
residents in nursing homes in matters under the jurisdiction of the
director as the governor shall direct. It shall be the duty of
such counsel to appear for the residents in all cases where they
are not represented by counsel. The compensation of such counsel
shall be fixed by the governor.