Tenn. R. Juv. P. 303
Advisory Commission Comments.
In a proceeding in which a party is entitled to counsel and in which the court has determined the individual is not indigent, the court should allow the party a reasonable time to retain counsel. However, if a party engages in a "cat and mouse" game with the court in order to impede the judicial process, then the court may make a determination that the party has effectively waived the right to counsel. State v. Houston, 2013 Tenn. Crim. App. LEXIS 112, 2013 WL 500231 (Tenn. Crim. App., Feb. 11, 2013).
A waiver of any right shall be made orally and in open court and confirmed in a writing signed by both the judge and the party waiving the rights. The confirming document may be a preprinted form, but it must specify the rights that are being waived and must acknowledge that the individual is choosing to waive those rights.