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Councils limited to censure action for CoC breaches

The NSW Supreme Court has recently handed down an important decision on the ability of Councils to discipline councillors for misconduct arising from Code of Conduct complaints made against them. The decision of Basten J confirmed the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW) generally limits Councils to censuring a councillor, and does not extend to other measures such as directing participation in training, counselling, directing the person to apologise, and making the finding of inappropriate conduct public, as currently set out at cl. 7.36 of the Procedures. Background The case arose from an appeal by a Penrith City Council councillor against a resolution of his Council to impose disciplinary meas

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