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A GUIDE TO NSW LOCAL COUNCIL MEETINGS

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Compiled and published by Ian Ellis-Jones. Copyright Ian Ellis-Jones 2008. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer: The information contained in this publication does not constitute legal advice of any kind. …

Compiled and published by Ian Ellis-Jones. Copyright Ian Ellis-Jones 2008. All Rights Reserved. Disclaimer: The information contained in this publication does not constitute legal advice of any kind. The author Ian Ellis-Jones does not guarantee or warrant the current accuracy, legal correctness or up-to-dateness of the information contained in the publication.

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  • 1. A GUIDE TO NSW LOCAL COUNCIL MEETINGS Compiled by Dr Ian Ellis-Jones COUNCIL AND ITS GOVERNING BODY There must be at least 10 (ordinary) The notice should “substantially put the meetings per year, each time in a different [members] in the position to know what theyA local council (a body corporate and month: s 365, LGA. are voting about”: Baillie v Orientalstatutory corporation) is made up of elected Telephone and Electric Co Ltd [1915] 1 Chrepresentatives, called “councillors”, who EXTRAORDINARY MEETINGS 503 at 514, applied in Colhoun v Greencomprise the “governing body” of the council: [1919] VLR 196 at 202.s 222 LGA. An extraordinary meeting is called to deal with some special matter. Once notice of meeting given, meetingThe role of the governing body is to “direct cannot be legally cancelled or evenand control the affairs of the council” in postponed: see Smith v Paringa Mines Ltdaccordance with the Act: s 223 LGA. Although there is no limit on matters that can [1906] 2 Ch 193. be brought up at an extraordinary meeting,A local council, being a body corporate, can an extraordinary meeting called to transact business X cannot transact business Y. See Failure to send a notice will ordinarily notonly act by resolution or by way of delegated invalidate the proceedings: s 374(d) LGA; cfauthority granted pursuant to a validly passed cl 242(1) LGGR. However, business may be transacted at the meeting without prior notice Myer Queenstown Garden Plaza Pty Ltd vresolution: see Delta Properties Pty Ltd v City of Port Adelaide (1975) 33 LGRA 70.Brisbane CC (1955) 95 CLR 11. to the councillors provided a motion is passed to that effect and the business isUnless otherwise disentitled, a councillor has ruled by the chairperson to be of “great AGENDA AND BUSINESS PAPERSa statutory right and implied duty to attend urgency”: cl 242(2) LGGR.council meetings and to take part in the The agenda must state:proceedings, and must not be unlawfully The mayor must call extraordinary meeting  all matters to be dealt with arising out ofexcluded or expelled from a meeting. See (to be held as soon as practicable and within the proceedings of former meetings;Ariansen v Bromfield (1956) 1 LGRA 1. 14 days) upon written request signed by at  any matter or topic that the chairperson least 2 councillors: s 366 LGA. Arguably, the proposes to put to the meeting (if theCouncillors must serve the interests of mayor can also call such an extraordinary mayor is the chairperson) at the timeCouncil as a whole; their overriding duty is to meeting of his or her own motion, but that when the business paper is prepared;the body of which they are members and the matter should be regulated by the CMP. andgoverning body itself: see Bennetts v Board  any business of which due notice hasof Fire Commissioners of NSW (1967) 87 THE COUNCIL “CONSTITUTION” been given: cl 240(1) LGGR.WN (Pt 1) (NSW) 307. See also Asher vSecretary of State for the Environment [1974] GM must not include in the agenda anyCh 208. Every organisation needs a constitution. In “unlawful” business (cl 240(2) LGGR) and, in the case of NSW local councils, and, the case of an extraordinary meeting, must WHAT IS A MEETING? specifically, the conduct of their meetings, the ensure that the agenda deals only with the “constitution” consists of the following: the matters stated in the notice of the meeting (cl LGA, Pt 10 of the LGGR, Council’s CMP (if 242(1) LGGR).A meeting is a coming together of, ordinarily, any), and the ordinary law of meetings to the2 or more persons: see Sharp v Dawes extent to which that law is not inconsistent OPEN MEETINGS(1867) 2 QBD 26. However, even in local with the foregoing.government, a meeting can consist of 1person (eg an appointed administrator): see s Council must ensure that all meetings are258 LGA. NOTICE OF MEETINGS open to the public: see s 10 LGA.Council may adopt a code of meeting Part of a meeting can be closed to the public Public notice of times and places of meetingspractice (CMP) that incorporates the to discuss any of the matters listed in must be given: s 9(1) LGA; cl 232(1) LGGR.regulations made for the purposes of s 360 s.10A(2) LGA or to consider a motion toLGA (see, relevantly, Pt 10 “Meetings” close another part of the meeting to theLGGR) and supplements those regulations GM must send notice of meeting to each public (see s 10A(3) LGA) but not otherwise.with provisions that are not inconsistent with councillor at least 3 days (i.e. 3 clear days, See also ss 10B and 10C LGA.them: s 360 (2) LGA. See also ss 361-364 exclusive of the day of giving notice and ofLGA re the CMP. the day of the meeting) before each meeting The matters listed in s 10A(2) LGA are: of Council: s 367(1) LGA; cl 262(1) LGGR. (a) personnel (i.e. Council staff) mattersCouncil and any committee of Council of concerning particular individuals (other thanwhich all the members are councillors must Less than 3 days notice is permissible in the councillors),conduct its meetings in accordance with the (b) the personal hardship of any resident or case of an extraordinary meeting called in an ratepayer,CMP adopted by it: s 360(3) LGA. emergency: s 367(2) LGA; cl 262(2) LGGR. (c) information that would, if disclosed, confer a commercial advantage on a person withA failure to comply with the CMP does not Notice must be sent to each councillor. This whom Council is conducting (or proposes toinvalidate: s 374(e) LGA. However, the requirement cannot be waived. See cl 241 conduct) business,position may well be otherwise where there is (d) commercial information of a confidential LGGR. See also Young v Ladies’ Imperial nature that would, if disclosed, prejudice thea failure to comply with the Act or the Club Ltd [1920] 2 KB 523; Re Merchants and commercial position of the person whoregulations (relevantly, Pt 10 LGGR). Shippers, Steamship Lines Ltd (1917) 17 SR supplied it, or confer a commercial advantage (NSW) 146. on a competitor of the council, or reveal a TYPES OF COUNCIL MEETINGS trade secret,٠Ordinary meeting ٠Extraordinary meeting (e) information that would, if disclosed, prejudice The notice must issue with proper authority, the maintenance of law, i.e. by or on behalf of the GM, and must state (f) matters affecting the security of Council, ORDINARY MEETINGS whether the meeting is ordinary or councillors, Council staff or Council property, extraordinary and the business to be dealt (g) advice concerning litigation, or advice that with. See Henderson v Bank of Australasia would otherwise be privileged from productionAn ordinary meeting is one held according to (1890) 45 Ch D 330; Kaye v Croydon in legal proceedings on the ground of legalthe prearranged and publicly notified Tramways Co [1898] 1 Ch 358. professional privilege (see, however, s 10B(2)schedule. LGA)
  • 2. 2(h) information concerning the nature and chairperson rises, all others must remain is impermissible and must not be accepted. location of a place or an item of Aboriginal seated and be silent: see cl 237 LGGR. (The test for determining a direct negative is significance on community land. to enquire whether an adverse vote on the The duty of the chairperson is: motion achieves the same result.)The grounds on which part of a meeting is  to receive and put to the meeting anyclosed: lawful motion that is brought before the A motion may be divided into separate must be stated in the decision to close meeting (cl 238 LGGR) motions (and the chairperson may so insist) that part of the meeting, and  to ensure that Council’s CMP and all provided its component parts are not must specify why the part of the meeting other relevantly applicable legislation interdependent. (Alternatively, the is being closed, including (if the matter are observed throughout the meeting chairperson may allow the motion to be concerned is a matter other than a  to “protect the forum” (that is, ensure debated as one but then put to the vote in its personnel matter concerning particular several parts.) that all members have a fair opportunity individuals, the personal hardship of a to participate and put forward their In the absence of the maker of the notice of resident or ratepayer or a trade secret) respective points of view). motion, another councillor may move the an explanation of the way in which motion. Alternatively, the chairperson may discussion of the matter in an open The chairperson must rule “out of order” any defer the motion to the next meeting of meeting would be, on balance, contrary motion that is “unlawful” or the Council. See cl 245 LGGR. to the public interest. See s 10D LGA. implementation of which would be “unlawful” (see cl 238 LGGR) and may also reject any SecondingThe chairperson must make public any motion that is “redundant”, lacks certainty orresolution to close part of a meeting to the A motion (as well as an amendment to the finality, or is “irrelevant” to the matter beforepublic: cl 253 LGA. See also s 11 LGA re the meeting. motion) must be moved and ordinarilypublic access to correspondence and reports. seconded before debate can occur: cl 246 The chairperson, if the mayor, may, without LGGR. Seconding may be pro forma toSee cl 273 LGGR re tape recording of notice, place a motion before the meeting in prevent the motion from “falling to the groundmeetings. See, generally, the DLG’s OMG. the form of an official (“mayoral”) minute: cl (floor)”. Neither the mover of an original 243 LGGR. The motion needs no seconding. motion nor its seconder may second an THE QUORUM amendment to that motion. No person may ORDER OF BUSINESS move or second more than one amendmentA meeting without a quorum has no power to to each motion. A seconder need not speak,do anything except adjourn. Any business may speak immediately after the proposer of The order of business may be altered if atransacted without a quorum is invalid. See cl the motion has spoken, or may speak later if motion to that effect (which can be moved233 LGGR where there is no quorum. See right to do so has been reserved, subject to without notice) is carried: cl 239 LGGR.also Myer Queenstown Garden Plaza Pty Ltd any formal motion that may terminatev City of Port Adelaide (1975) 33 LGRA 70. discussion. NOTICE OF BUSINESSThe quorum for a meeting of Council is a Seconding is not required for official Business may not ordinarily be transacted (mayoral) minutes (cl 243(2) LGGR) andmajority of the councillors who hold office for without notice: cl 241(1) LGGR. However, closure (gag) motions (cl 250(5) LGGR).the time being and are not otherwise business may be transacted without notice if:suspended from office or disentitled from  the business is already before thevoting on a matter (eg by reason of a council (cl 241(2)(a) LGGR) or Withdrawal of motionspecuniary interest). See s 368 LGA. See alsoLevenstrath Community Association Inc v  the business is the election of aNymboida SC (1999) 105 LGERA 362. chairperson to preside at the meeting (cl A motion, once accepted by the chairperson 241(2)(b) LGGR) or and placed before the meeting, can only beThe quorum for a meeting of a committee of  the business is put to the meeting by withdrawn with the unanimous consent of theCouncil is a majority of the members of the way of an official (mayoral) minute (cll meeting. If an amendment has been moved,committee unless Council determines 241(2)(c) and 243 LGGR) or the original motion cannot be withdrawnotherwise: cl 260(3) LGGR.  the business is a motion for the unless the amendment is first withdrawn. adoption of a committeeA decision supported by a majority of the recommendation (cl 241(2)(d) LGGR) or Dealing with amendmentsvotes at a meeting of the council at which a  a motion is passed to that effect and thequorum is present is a decision of the business is ruled by the chairperson to The mover of an original motion may “take oncouncil: s 371 LGA. be of “great urgency” (cll 241(3) and board” an amendment thus obviating the 242(2) LGGR) or need to deal with a formal amendment.Deliberate withdrawal from a meeting to  the matter is a “motion of dissent” (clfrustrate a quorum is wrong and possibly 248(1) LGGR). Otherwise, where there is an amendment asactionable: see Borg v Shire of Kyneton such, the chairperson, at the end of the(1986) 26 APA 77; Ball v Pearsall (1987) 10 MOTIONS AND AMENDMENTS debate, will call for a vote upon theNSWLR 700. amendment. If the amendment is carried, and there be no further amendment, the A motion is a proposal to do X (that is, take amended motion known as the “substantive THE CHAIRPERSON certain action), should be in affirmative form, motion”, not the “original motion”) is open for and is formally presented as: “I move that further discussion or amendment beforeWithout a chairperson a meeting cannot …”. being put and voted upon. (NOTE. It is not atransact business: see Colorado case of “the amendment becomes theConstructions Pty Ltd v Platus [1966] 2 Motions should not be made with respect to motion”.) If the amendment is lost, discussionNSWR 598. “Mickey Mouse” matters, that is, matters with of the original motion continues. which a local council has no concern: seeThe mayor or, at the request of or in the Lynch v Brisbane CC (1961) 104 CLR 353 at A motion cannot be amended after it hasabsence of the mayor, the deputy mayor (if 364; Ex p S F Bowser & Co; Re Randwick been voted on: see Montgomerie’s Breweryany) presides at Council meetings: s 369(1) MC (1927) 27 SR (NSW) 209 at 215. v Spencer (1898) 5 ALR 112. Also, aLGA. If the mayor and the deputy mayor (if modification to a motion already on the floorany) are absent, a councillor elected to chair Any member, other than the mover of the cannot be made by the mover, prior tothe meeting by the councillors present original motion or its seconder, may move an disposition of the motion, if any other personpresides at a Council meeting: s 369(2) LGA. amendment to that motion. An amendment objects. to a motion is also a motion. An amendmentThe chairperson (the “first among equals”) is a proposal to change a motion. However, No more than one motion and one proposedhas the highest priority as “mover”. If the an amendment that creates a direct negative amendment can be before the council at any
  • 3. 3one time: cl 247 LGGR. See also Campbell v The motion of dissent (which requires favour of the motion or amendment and atAMP Society (1906) 7 SR (NSW) 99. seconding) then takes precedence over all least 2 councillors have spoken against it.However, a councillor or committee member other business which is suspended until the See cl 250(4) LGGR.may "foreshadow" a motion or an motion of dissent is dealt with.amendment proposed to be moved following A valid closure motion must be putconsideration of the first motion or A motion of dissent, by convention, is usually immediately to the vote without debate (clamendment. put to the vote in the reverse form, viz, “That 250(5) LGGR; cf Wall v London and the chairperson’s ruling be upheld”, even Northern Assets Corp [1898] 2 Ch 469) and, Rescission motions though it is debated as a motion of dissent. It if passed, the original motion or amendment is ordinarily declared carried where there is must, without further debate, be put to theSee s 372 LGA. A resolution may not be an equality of votes (cf s 370(2) LGA). vote immediately after the mover of thealtered or rescinded except by a motion to original motion has exercised his or her rightthat effect given with notice. Only the mover of the motion of dissent and of reply (cl 250(6) LGGR). the chairperson can speak to the motionIf notice of motion to rescind a resolution is before it is put, and there is no right of See also “ADJOURNMENT”.given at the meeting at which the resolution is general reply: cl 248(3) LGGR.carried, the resolution must not be carried VOTINGinto effect until the motion of rescission has See also “FORMAL MOTIONS”.been dealt with. Each councillor has one vote: s 370(1) LGA. DEBATEA notice of motion to alter or rescind a The person presiding at the meeting alsoresolution must be signed by 3 councillors if A councillor must not, without the consent of has, in the event of an equality of votes, aless than 3 months has elapsed since the Council, speak more than once on a motion second or casting vote: s 370(2) LGA. Thatresolution was passed. or an amendment or for longer than 5 vote need not be exercised so as to maintain minutes at any one time: cl 250(3) LGGR. the status quo.A rescission motion may be dealt with,without notice, at the same meeting as the Where 2 or more rise at the same time the A person is who is present at a Councilone at which the original resolution was chairperson decides whom to recognize, meeting (and one cannot participate in acarried only upon the recommendation of a having regard to the following: (1) the mover meeting of Council unless “personallycommittee of council, including the committee of the motion or amendment takes initial present” at the meeting: cl 235 LGGR), butof the whole but not otherwise. precedence in debate, (2) a new speaker who fails to vote on a motion (except where takes precedence over one who has already prevented from so doing by reason of aCertain types of resolutions, by their very spoken to the motion or amendment, and (3) pecuniary interest (see below)), is taken tonature, are incapable of being rescinded or the provisions of cl 250 LGGR and the need have voted against the motion: cl 251(1)altered in the absence of express statutory to allow for opposing views. LGGR.authority so to do: see eg AG ex rel Goddardv North Sydney MC (1973) 28 LGRA 218; The mover of a motion has a “right of general A councillor or a committee member who hasRandwick CC v Nancor Trading Co Pty Ltd reply” in relation to the motion and to any a “pecuniary interest” (see ss 442 and 448(2002) 120 LGERA 261. Other types of amendment to it (as well as the right to LGA) in any matter with which Council isdecisions creating or affecting other persons’ speak on any such amendment): cl 250(1) concerned and who is present at a meetingrights and interests, once communicated, are LGGR. of Council or the committee at which thealso generally incapable of being rescinded matter is being considered must disclose theor altered. See Ex parte Wright; Re Concord nature of the interest to the meeting as soon FORMAL MOTIONSMC (1925) 7 LGR (NSW) 79; Ex parte as practicable, must not be present at, or inForssberg; Re Warringah SC (1927) 27 SR sight of, the meeting of Council or the(NSW) 200; Shanahan v Strathfield MC 1. The previous question (“That the question be not now put”). committee at any time during which the(1973) 28 LGRA 218; Northcott Pike & matter is being considered or discussed byAssociates Ltd v Berri DC (1984) 55 LGRA 2. The closure (“That the question be now put”). Council or the committee, or at any time119. Specific legal advice should be sought in during which Council or the committee isrespect of these 2 types of matters which 3. Proceed to next business. 4. Adjournment of debate. voting on any question in relation to themay involve decisions concerned with the matter: s 451(1) and (2). (This does not,making of rates, the granting of statutory 5. Adjournment of meeting. 6. That the question lie on the table. however, apply where the interest in theapprovals, and the acceptance of tenders. matter is of a kind referred to in s 448: s None of these motions can be moved or 451(3) LGA.) A failure of a councillor or a Ratification committee member to disclose a pecuniary seconded by a person who has moved, seconded or spoken to the original motion. interest, or to refrain from the considerationAn invalid decision cannot subsequently be The chairperson has the discretion to reject or discussion of, or vote on, the relevantratified: see Myer Queenstown Garden Plaza the formal motion the previous question. The matter, at a Council or committee meetingPty Ltd v City of Port Adelaide (1975) 33 speaker cannot be interrupted in all cases does not invalidate: s 374(d) LGA.LGRA 70. except in the case of the closure. Seconding is required in all cases, except in the case of Voting is ordinarily by open means (eg on the Motions of dissent the closure. Discussion is permitted (i.e. voices or show of hands): cl 251(5) LGGR. previous speakers may speak again) in all cases (and in the case of the formal motion The decision of the chairperson as to theThere is no such thing as a “vote of no result of a vote is final unless the decision isconfidence” (or a “no-confidence motion”) in the previous question, on the main motion as well), except in the cases of the closure and immediately challenged and not fewer than 2NSW local government law. Even a motion councillors rise and demand a division: clof dissent (see below) must relate to a proceed to next business. 251(3) LGGR.specific ruling of the chairperson and not tothat person’s handling of the meeting. The Closure A decision supported by a majority of the A councillor (but not the mover or seconder votes at a meeting of the council at which aA councillor can, without notice, move to quorum is present is a decision of thedissent from the ruling of the chairperson on of the original motion or any amendment to it) may move a “closure motion” (that is, that council: s 371 LGA.a point of order: cl 248(1) LGGR. (A point oforder can be raised at any time, and the the motion or the amendment “be now put”) ifchairperson must give a ruling on it. Any the mover of the motion or amendment has ADJOURNMENTdissent must be moved immediately after the spoken in favour of it and no councillorchairperson’s ruling.) expresses an intention to speak against it A meeting, as well as any debate on a OR at least 2 councillors have spoken in
  • 4. 4particular matter, may be adjourned by way LGA. See cl 259 LGGR re “committee of the and committee meetings (but not includingof a motion to that effect. whole”. See also cl 260(1) LGGR re business papers for matters considered when establishment of committees. part of a meeting is closed to the public), andAn adjourned meeting is not a new meeting minutes of Council and committee meetings,but only a continuation of the original The “functions” of a committee must be but restricted (in the case of any part of ameeting. Once a date and time have been specified by the council when it is meeting that is closed to the public) to thefixed, and actual or constructive notice of the established, but may be amended from time resolutions and recommendations of theadjourned meeting has been given, there is to time: cl 261 LGGR. meeting: see s 12(1) LGA.no power to re-fix the date and time for theadjourned meeting. A “committee” is a body consisting of one or HOW TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL MEETINGA motion to adjourn either the meeting or the more persons to which, or to whom, somedebate may be moved on motion and matter (along with certain functions) has 1. Know and obey the rules, and be everamendment, requires seconding, may be been “committed”: see Reynell v Lewis mindful of Council’s charter (s 8 LGA).discussed, and may be amended, but only as (1846) 15 M & W 517; Re Taurine Co (1883) 2. Properly prepare and research into time, place and date of adjourned meeting. 25 Ch D 118). Unlike the general law advance.The mover must wait until the speaker position, a council committee cannot consist 3. Practise good meeting manners andfinishes. If the motion is not carried, a similar of just one person, but consists of the mayor avoid all personal attacks on others.motion can be moved again after an interval. and such other councillors as are elected or 4. Keep an open mind and listen carefully(In the case of a motion to adjourn debate, if appointed: cl 260(2) LGGR. to the views of others.the motion is carried, the mover has the right 5. Speak naturally and express yourselfto re-open debate on resumption.) A committee must act in concert and cannot clearly and constructively. apportion among its members functions 6. Be honest and adhere to strict fairnessA motion to adjourn the meeting itself may be delegated to the committee (see Cook v at all times.moved during discussion on a motion to Ward (1877) 2 CPD 255), may not do 7. Exercise simple, basic common sense.adjourn debate and arguably supersedes the anything which the council itself cannot dolatter motion. However, the reverse situation (see Bean v Flaxton Cl [1929] 1 KB 450), and In short … BE PREPARED … BEis impermissible. must not add to its membership or co-opt SUPPORTIVE … BE EFFECTIVE. others unless specifically authorized (seeSee also cll 233(2) and 257(1) LGGR. Lane v Norman (1891) 66 LT (NS) 83; Leary v National Union of Vehicle Builders (1970) 2 Key abbreviations CMP Code of Meeting Practice ORDER AND DISORDER AER 713 at 724). DLG NSW Department of Local Government LGA Local Government Act 1993 LGGR Local Government (General) Regulation 2005Subject to any decision of Council, the A committee ought not establish a OMG Open Meetings Guidelines (revised, July 1998)chairperson is for the most part responsible subcommittee of its members unlessfor preserving order at the meeting. specifically authorized to do so by the resolution which established the committeeThe chairperson may call any councillor to or a subsequent resolution: see Howard’s IAN ELLIS-JONESorder whenever, in the opinion of the case [1866] LR 1 Ch App 561; Sambell v Cook [1962] VR 448. Lawyer Educatorchairperson, it is necessary to do so: cl255(1) LGGR. Trainer Facilitator Consultant “THE MEETINGS SPECIALIST” MINUTESA person (whether a councillor or anotherperson) is not entitled to be present at a SERVICES TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTmeeting of the council (or a committee of Council, and each committee of the council,Council of which all the councillors are must ensure that “full and accurate” minutes I offer expertise in a number of areas of themembers) if “expelled” from the meeting by of the proceedings of its meetings are kept: law relevant to local government including butresolution of the meeting or by the person see s 375 LGA; cl 266 LGGR. not limited to the law of meetings. If youpresiding at the meeting, if the council has, would like to know more about the services Iby resolution, authorized the person presiding provide please do not hesitate to contact me.to exercise the power of expulsion: s 10(2) At the very least, the minutes should include the name and nature of the meeting, the time CONTACT DETAILSLGA. and place held, who were present and the terms of business (i.e. resolutions passed) 12A Nulla Nulla StreetA councillor who commits an “act of disorder” Turramurra NSW 2074 including the details of each motion movedmay be expelled from a meeting for failing, T: +61 2 9440 2443among other things, to apologise without and of any amendments moved to it, the names of the mover and seconder of the F: +61 2 9440 2447reservation for the act: cl 256(3) LGGR. See E: ian.ellis-jones@hotmail.com motion or amendment, and whether theAriansen v Bromfield (1956) 1 LGRA 1; Whitev Murchison (1963) 9 LGRA 20. Alternatively, motion or amendment is passed or lost. See ABN 49 839 909 268the chairperson may exclude the councillor in cl 266 LGGR (committees).disorder by refusing to allow the councillor toparticipate in the meeting. Minutes must be duly confirmed (i.e. adopted Disclaimer as a correct record) and signed and kept Due to its condensed format this GuideThe chairperson may adjourn a meeting for secure and in safe custody. should not be used as a substitute for theup to 15 minutes where “disorder” occurs at legislation or professional advice and doesthe meeting: cl 257(1) LGGR. See R v not, and is not intended to, offer professionalLiverpool CC; Ex p Liverpool Taxi Fleet Every entry in the minutes of the business transacted at a meeting of Council and advice in any form. Ian Ellis-Jones is moreOperators’ Association [1975] 1 WLR 701. than happy to assist in that regard. No purporting to be signed by the person presiding at a subsequent meeting of Council warranty or guarantee of any kind is providedA member of the public may be duly expelled by Ian Ellis-Jones relating to, and no liabilityfrom a meeting of a council for engaging in or is, until the contrary is proved, evidence that the business as recorded in the minutes was is accepted for, any loss or damage resultinghaving engaged in “disorderly conduct” at the from any person relying on or using themeeting. transacted at the meeting, and that the meeting was duly convened and held: s 703 information contained in this Guide. LGA. COUNCIL COMMITTEES This document has been prepared by Ian A person is entitled to inspect, free of charge, Ellis-Jones. Copyright © Ian Ellis-JonesCouncil may resolve itself into a committee to 2008. All rights reserved.consider any matter before the council: s 373 agendas and business papers for Council

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