Parliamentary Procedures and Robert’s Rules of Order

Parliamentary procedure is the body of rules, ethics and customs governing meetings and other operations of clubs, organizations, legislative bodies and other deliberative assemblies. It is part of the common law originating in the practices of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

In the United States, parliamentary procedure is also referred to as parliamentary law, parliamentary practice, legislative procedure, or rules of order.

In the English-speaking world, the rules of order have evolved into two separate sets: American parliamentary procedure generally followed in the United States, and Westminster parliamentary procedure followed in Commonwealth countries. Various attempts have been made to codify the U.S. variant. The most common version in use is Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised.

Both of these tools can be important resources when running a governing body such as community associations. Cardinal recommends using Robert’s Rule of Order as a general rule and Parliamentary Procedure specifically. Following the link below for more information.