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I am assuming that you're referring to a criminal matter. You have the right to represent yourself "pro se" (without an attorney). The trial court can appoint legal counsel on appeal in misdemeanor criminal cases facing confinement and all felony criminal cases. In a civil proceeding, the court can only appoint legal counsel in a suit filed by a government entity in which termination of the parent child relationship or appointment of a conservator for a child is requested. In any other civil matter, a litigant will have to provide legal counsel or appear pro se.
In a criminal case, if the trial court has found the defendant indigent for purposes of trial, the court will appoint legal counsel on appeal if requested and if the trial court finds the defendant indigent for purposes of appeal.
Each Texas county has guidelines and financial standards that it applies to determine whether a party is indigent. To get a better understanding of your county’s Indigent Determination Standards, visit http://tidc.tamu.edu/IDPlan/ViewPlan.aspx?PlanID.
The judge is not going to make you get an attorney nor specifically appoint one for you, but rather you'd need to request one and fulfill the indigency requirements in that county.
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