§16-5N-14. Legal counsel and services for the director.
(a) Legal counsel and legal services for the director in all
administrative hearings 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, an attorney employed by the
director or, in proceedings in any circuit court, by the
prosecuting attorney of the county wherein the action is
instituted, all without additional compensation.
(b) The governor may appoint counsel for the director, who
shall perform legal services in representing the interests of
residents in residential care communities in matters under the
jurisdiction of the director, as the governor shall direct. It is
the duty of counsel so appointed to appear for the residents in all
cases where they are not represented by counsel. The compensation
of counsel so appointed shall be fixed by the governor.