Rules of order


Rules of order

__NOTOC__Rules of order, also known as standing orders or rules of procedure, are the written rules of parliamentary procedure adopted by a deliberative assembly, which detail the processes used by the body to make decisions.

Rules of order consist of rules written by the body itself, but also usually supplemented by a published parliamentary authority adopted by the body. Typically, national, state, and other full-scale legislative assemblies have extensive internally written rules of order, whereas non-legislative bodies write and adopt a limited set of specific rules as the need arises.

In the English speaking world, the British House of Commons is the originating source for most rules of order. These rules have evolved into two separate sets: American parliamentary procedure as generally followed in the United States and Canada; and Westminster parliamentary procedure, followed in United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, India, South Africa, and many other Commonwealth countries.


=Parliamentary Authorities=

In the United States, most state legislatures follow "Mason's Manual of Legislative Procedure". The United States Senate follows the Standing Rules of the United States Senate, while the United States House of Representatives follows "Jefferson's Manual". Most other deliberative assemblies follow "Robert's Rules of Order". US organizations dedicated to promoting the general use of parliamentary procedure include the National Association of Parliamentarians and the American Institute of Parliamentarians.

In the United Kingdom, Thomas Erskine May's "A Practical Treatise on the Law, Privileges, Proceedings and Usage of Parliament" (often referred to simply as "Erskine May") is the accepted authority on the powers and procedures of the Westminster parliament.

In Quebec, commonly used rules of order for ordinary societies include Victor Morin's "Procédures des assemblées délibérantes" (commonly known as the "Code Morin" [http://web.uvic.ca/~cpssa/morineng.htm] ) and the "Code CSN".

ee also

*Special rules of order
*Parliamentary authority

External links

* [http://www.ncsl.org/programs/legman/aBOUT/masons.htm Using Mason's Manual — National Conference of State Legislatures (ncsl.org)]
* [http://www.parliamentarians.org/ National Association of Parliamentarians (parliamentarians.org)]
* [http://www.parliamentaryprocedure.org/ American Institute of Parliamentarians (parliamentaryprocedure.org)]
* [http://www.parli.com/ Robert McConnell Productions (parli.com)]
* [http://web.uvic.ca/~cpssa/morineng.htm Canadian Political Science Student Association]
* [http://www.parlipro.org/ Parliamentary Procedure Online! (parlipro.org)]
* [http://www.rulesonline.com/ Robert's Rules Online! (rulesonline.com)]


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