Decision details

Authorisation of Court Officers (Non-executive)

Decision Maker: Strategic Director of Finance and Customer Services

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


To authorise named officers to represent the Council in legal proceedings at the Magistrates Court.






Date of Decision:



Decision Maker:

(Including Job Title)


Judith Badger, Strategic Director Finance and Customer Services


Specific Delegation:

(If any)


Not applicable. The decision is made under Section 4C5 of the Responsibility for Functions at Appendix 9 of the Council’s Constitution [Strategic Director of Finance and Customer Services – Delegated Executive Functions.

Brief Description of Decision:



To authorise Paul Latham under section 223 of the Local Government Act 1972 to prosecute, defend or appear in proceedings on behalf of the Council in the Magistrates’ Court


Reasons for the Decision:




To provide sufficient advocates to deal with Council Tax and National Non-Domestic Rating matters before the Magistrates’ Court.


Details of Alternative Options Considered and Rejected:


Not applicable. Officers are required to present these cases before the Magistrates’ Court


Where the decision is made under specific delegation from a decision making body, the names of any member of the relevant body who has declared a conflict of interest in relation to the decision and name of the body granting the specific delegation and the date when it did so:


Not applicable

Background Papers:



See attached



I certify that this is a true record of the decision in relation to


Signed by the Decision Maker  


Dated: 21/06/2024


Name: Judith Badger                                               

Job Title: Strategic Director Finance and Customer Services




Publication date: 01/07/2024

Date of decision: 01/07/2024

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