Part 2 - Articles of the Constitution
Below are the articles of the Constitution.
- Article 1 - The Constitution
- Article 2 - Members of the County Council
- Article 3 - The public and the County Council
- Article 4 – The Full Council
- Article 5 – Chair of the Council
- Article 6 – The Cabinet
- Article 7 – Decision making
- Article 8 - Scrutiny of decisions
- Article 9 – Audit and Governance Committee
- Article 10 - Regulatory and other Committees
- Article 11 - Area committees
- Article 12 - Joint arrangements
- Article 13 - Officers
- Article 14 - Finance, contracts and legal matters
- Article 15 - Review and revision of the Constitution
- Article 16 - Suspension, interpretation and publication of the Constitution
This Article refers to the Council’s financial regulations and Contract Standing Orders, which are contained in Part 4 of the Constitution.
14.01 Financial management
The management of the Council’s financial affairs will be conducted in accordance with the financial regulations set out in Part 4 of the Constitution.
Every contract made by the Council will comply with the Contract Standing Orders set out in Part 4 of the Constitution.
14.03 Legal proceedings
The Assistant Director of Legal Services is authorised to institute, defend or participate in any legal proceedings in any case where such action is necessary to give effect to decisions of the Council or in any case where the Assistant Director of Legal Services considers that such action is necessary to protect the Council’s interests.
14.04 Authentication of documents
Where any document is necessary to any legal procedure or proceedings on behalf of the Council, it will be signed by the Assistant Director of Legal Services or other person authorised by them, unless any enactment or the Constitution otherwise authorises or requires, or the Council has given Authority to some other person.
Note: Contract Standing Order 13 imposes additional authentication requirements in certain circumstances
14.05 Common Seal of the County Council
The Common Seal of the Council will be kept in a safe place to the satisfaction of the Assistant Director of Legal Services. A decision of the Council, or any part of it, will be sufficient authority for sealing any document necessary to give effect to the decision. The Common Seal will be affixed to those documents which, in the opinion of the Assistant Director of Legal Services, should be sealed. The fixing of the Common Seal to a document will be attested by the Assistant Director of Legal Services or some other person authorised by them.