Our recent stories on Coffs Harbour City Council’s travails in the courts got one of our readers, Beau Dugan, to do some research on the NSW Caselaw web site.
The pie chart below that Beau has generated from a spead sheet CCO has seen represents the number of heard cases, some multiple times, within the NSW legal system by seven Mid-North and North Coast NSW councils in the ten years up until the end of August 2020.
It would appear in the ten year period 2010-20 that Coffs Harbour City Council is equal first with the Lismore Council in the number of cases it has taken or appealed the decisions of.
This represents 27%, or just over a quarter, of the total legal cases taken by the seven councils named above in that ten year period.
This chart doesn’t tell us how successful the CHCC has been in these cases or how much in net legal fees this may all have amounted to but it does suggest that when it comes to preferring Court to pre-negotiated settlements the CHCC could well be in the running for a ‘gold medal’ in the litigiousness stakes.
The Free Dictionary defines litigiousness as;
“a quarrelsome disposition to engage in or carry on lawsuits………….. contentiousness, quarrelsomeness – an inclination to be quarrelsome and contentious.” See; https://www.thefreedictionary.com/litigiousness
The chart above, and the figures relating to it, does not include any cases that may have been heard in Federal Courts or Tribunals.
Further digging by other ‘sleuths’ among our readers with tijme on their hands can be done here; https://www.caselaw.nsw.gov.au/about