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A legislative body of local government. A group of persons who, whether elected or appointed, serve as representatives of the public to establish state or municipal policies and to assist the chief executive of the government unit in the performance of duties.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

COUNCIL, legislation. This word signifies an assembly.
     2. It was used among the Romans to express the meeting of only a part of the people, and that the most respectable, in opposition to the assemblies of the whole people.
     3. It is now usually applied to the legislative bodies of cities and boroughs.
     4. In some states, as in Massachusetts, a body of men called the council, are elected, whose duties are to advise the governor in the executive part of the government. Const. of Mass. part 2, c. 2, s. 3, art. 1 and 2. See 14 Mass. 470; 3 Pick. 517; 4 Pick. 25 19 John. R. 58. In England, the king's council are the king's judges of his courts of justice. 3 Inst. 125; 1 Bl. Com. 229.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Councillor Mikulin raised his hand and passed it down his face deliberately.
"I have said all this to Prince K ," he began with assumed indifference, but lost it on seeing Councillor Mikulin's slow nod of assent.
Not that," murmured Councillor Mikulin, just audibly.
.and your position too." Councillor Mikulin did not raise his voice.
Councillor Mikulin raised a hasty deprecatory hand and inclined his head slightly over his shoulder.
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Councillor Hina Khan, who was elected on a special seat, praised the nazim for treating all members of the house equally.
Councillor Roger Evans, leader of the Lib Dems on Shropshire Council said he acted in the interests of the council and felt compelled to report a complaint he had received regarding Councillor Jane Mackenzie.
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