ILL-FEELING between former Orange councillor Fiona Rossiter, and council candidates Brian Wood and Cyril Smith has moved to the courtroom.
Yesterday both parties appeared in court before Orange Local Court magistrate Terry Lucas, after Mrs Rossiter lodged an apprehended violence order (AVO) against both men.
Solicitor Andrew Rolfe handed up a number of statements to Mr Lucas outlining his client’s complaints against Wood and Smith.
They were represented in court by solicitor Anne Thompson.
“There have been no violence or threats,” she told the court as Mr Rolfe made application for the AVO.
Mr Rolfe requested the court consider interim orders on behalf of his client, telling Mr Lucas witness statements formed part of the application for an AVO to be taken out against the two men.
However Mr Lucas said he was not prepared to make a decision yesterday.
“It is going to take more time than I have today,” he said.
Following an adjournment the parties returned to the courtroom where the magistrate told Mr Rolfe no interim orders would be issued against Wood and Smith yesterday.
He set down a date in October for a hearing on the AVO application.
The direction made by Mr Lucas means the statements will be reviewed at the next court appearance.
Mrs Rossiter served two terms on Orange City Council but did not stand at the last election.
Mr Smith and Mr Wood are both members of the Orange Ratepayers’ Association.