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I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear about your situation.
There unfortunately isn't any right to have the judge appoint a lawyer for you in a landlord/tenant case. You do have the ability to go to court and ask the judge for more time to allow you to hire a lawyer on your own, but the judge has discretion to deny that request unless you are able to pay the past due rent into the court. It's fairly common for the judge to require a bond so the landlord does not lose rent money due to the delay.
It may help to call VA Legal Aid to see if they can either assist you or point you at another organization that represents tenants in court.
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