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Local Law No. 3
Meeting Procedures & Common Seal

This Local Law governs the procedure at Council meetings, and covers:

The Common Seal

  • When is the common seal used?
  • Who keeps the Common Seal?
  • Signatures to accompany Common Seal
  • Unauthorised use of the Common Seal

The Council

  • Procedure for election of Mayor and Deputy Mayor
  • Mayor to take chair

Meetings Procedure

  • Quorum
  • Failure to raise a quorum
  • When meeting lapses
  • Business of a lapsed meeting
  • Date, time and place of meetings
  • Attendance at meetings
  • Notice of meeting
  • Conduct of business
  • Special meetings
  • Call of the Council
  • Formal motions
  • Cases in which Councillor must rise when speaking
  • Interruptions, interjections and relevance
  • Priority of address
  • Councillors not to speak twice to same motion or amendment
  • Resumption of adjourned debate
  • Points of order
  • Chairperson to decide point of order
  • Disagreeing with chairperson's ruling
  • Chairperson may speak
  • Personal explanation
  • Criticism of members of Council staff
  • Ordering withdrawal of remark
  • Gallery to be silent
  • Ejection of disorderly visitors
  • Repeating motion
  • Vote to be taken in silence
  • Recount of vote
  • Record of votes
  • Resolution not to be discussed after it is carried
  • Conduct of public meeting
  • Production of documents
  • Recording proceedings
  • Procedure not provided in local laws
  • Suspensions
  • Removal from chamber
  • Offences
  • Enforcement

Advisory and Special Committees

  • Advisory and Special Committees
  • Application to Committees
  • Special Committee meetings