RESIDENTS will have to wait until at least next month to find out if councillor Kevin Duffy will be dismissed from office, forcing them back to the polls for a by-election to elect a new councillor to Orange City Council.
But Cr Duffy is confident he will win the legal challenge and retain his place on the council.
Both sides of the tribunal case, challenging Cr Duffy’s entitlement to be a councillor, summarised their cases before the Administrative Decisions Tribunal (ADT) in Sydney on Wednesday.
It will be up to the tribunal’s president, Judge Kevin O’Connor, to hand down his judgement.
Duncan Brakell, the barrister representing Orange Ratepayers Association member John Da Rin against Cr Duffy, believes it could be four weeks before all parties are informed of the decision.
Cr Duffy believes it could be up to two months before the judgement is released.
“I was always confident it would be dismissed, but there’s a due process it has to go through,” he said.
“I’ll just sit and wait.”
Mr Da Rin began legal proceedings against Cr Duffy in January, claiming the former Cabonne councillor still lived at his Borenore property Fairbank instead of Orange, making him ineligible for a place on the council.