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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

Outstanding bedtime reading -- guaranteed to put you to sleep in short order. For people who believe that organizational bylaws are to be "followed" and aren't just general guidelines to be followed or not as the mood beckons.Got this when searching how to "fire" an officer of an organization. It...more

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 editi...more

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 n...more

Very informational. I learned a alot. But, one of the most boring books I have ever laid eyes on

while im not a lawyer or judge this book was still insight full into the world of parliamentary procedure. while starting of it can be a bit of a struggle since there is a vast amount of vocabulary that isn't common in day to day interactions but it becomes less challenging as you get farther on...more

A short and outdated hornbook for a bureaucrat.

Robert's rules of order newly revised 11th edition is a very useful read and I would recommend it to anyone looking to lead a committee of civilized meeting following parliamentary law. It describes the types of groups that could use Robert's rules effectively. It then continues to address what r...more

Classic Refresher

While I've studied parliamentary procedure since high school, I felt that re-reading an older version could refresh my memory a little bit. And sure enough it did. Anyone who deals with business or organizations at large should have a version of this classic book.

Dry topic, but extremely important and well-written.

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, havi...more

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