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A domestic violence case is a criminal case so if nephew can't afford to hire his own attorney, he can request that a Public Defender be appointed to represent him in court. This is a constitutional right to be represented by counsel if he can't afford his own. If this is a nonsupport case, then it would be a criminal case as well.
I am guessing that the Nov 16 date is his arraignment where they will ask him whether he wants to plead guilty or not guilty and it is there that he can request an attorney be appointed if he can't afford his own.
But the PD's office can't represent him until they are appointed by the judge. So he would plead not guilty and then ask for a PD to be appointed at that hearing. Then the case would be postponed for a few weeks or months so the PD can be assigned the case and have time to meet with nephew to discuss the case.