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Robert's Rules of Order

Henry M. Robert

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Robert's Rules of Order is the most widely used authority in the United States today for "parliamentary law, based...upon the rules and practice of Congress" for "organizing and conducting the business of societies, conventions, and other deliberative assemblies.

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. . .Chair, can state the reasons upon which he bases his decision. The motions to Lie on the Table [§ 19], or for the Previous Question [§ 20], can be applied to an Appeal, when it is debatable, and when adopted they affect nothing but the Appeal. The vote on an Appeal may also be reconsidered [§ 27]. An Appeal is not in order when another Appeal is pending.

It is the duty of the presiding officer to enforce the rules and orders of the assembly, without debate or delay. It is also the right of every member, who notices a breach of a rule to insist upon its enforcement. In such cases he shall rise from his seat, and say, "Mr. Chairman, I rise to a point of order." The speaker should immediately take his seat, and the Chairman requests the member to state his point of order, which he does, and resumes his seat. The Chair decides the point, and then, if no appeal is taken, permits the first member to resume his speech. If the member's . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Robert's Rules of Order: The Standard Guide to Parliamentary Procedure is a 1982 reprint of the 1893 Robert's Rules of Order with added illustrations. While it may be of historical interest, it's not the current Robert's Rules of Order.

Robert's is regularly updated, and there have been many editions

There are lots of books with Robert’s Rules in the title. However, most of these books are earlier editions of Robert’s or knock-offs. If you are supposed to follow the "latest edition” of Robert's, this is your book--Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised (11th Edition), published in 2011. Each new

Hopefully there are later editions, because the 2nd edition (1998) is painfully outdated. Sections on secretarial functions, record keeping, the computer, taking meeting minutes, etc. are all in need of revision to reflect current technology. I wanted to read up on Robert's rules because I attend a

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—— "The principle of the assembly, the order of the assembly, the habit of the assembly, and the experience of the assembly are all absent."

"Robert's Rules of Procedure", first published in the United States in 1876.


My mother bought this book in early 1190's when she moved to Canada. Now she gave it to me so that I would understand better the discussions around Brexit in the British parliament - even though the book is written from the US perspective, of course the roots of their procedures are deep in the Engl

A short and outdated hornbook for a bureaucrat.

Although exposed to Robert's Rules in high school I never really got down to studying and regularly employing them until the responsibilities of chairing Socialist Party meetings was thrust upon me in the early eighties. Then, particularly at contentious sessions of our national conventions, having

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