Robert's Rules of Order
History[edit | edit source]
Robert's Rules of Order (RRO) is a fascinating 19th century document that has been revised eleven times. Some argue that it represents a tradition that harks back to the 5th century, but the modern form of parliamentary democracy seems to date back to 16th & 17th century England. In the 1560s Sir Thomas Smith began the process of writing down accepted procedures and published a book about them in the House of Commons in 1583. Early rules included
- One subject should be discussed at a time (adopted 1581)
- Personal attacks are to be avoided in debate (1604)
- Debate must be limited to the merits of the question (1610)
- Division of a question when some seem to be for one part but not the other (1640)
Robert's rules in a nutshell[edit | edit source]
There are at least three good summaries of RRO that capture its spirit in a few words.
In three to five statements[edit | edit source]
- One speaker at a time
- One topic at a time
- Majority rules
- A 2/3 majority may temporarily suspend all or some of Robert's Rules.
- The unqualified motion to adjourn is undebatable and carries by a simple majority.
Wikipedia[edit | edit source]
- This subpage is dedicated to the Survival Tips website assembled by Lorenzo R. Cuesta (Registered Parliamentarian).
Organizations that use RRO[edit | edit source]
- Cornell University
- Psychiatry Residents Association of the University of British Columbia
- Wright State University Lake Campus
- North American Federation of Temple Youth
- create a subpage for your organization and we will rename for you
Online versions of RRO[edit | edit source]
These sites link to the 1914 (4th edition) of Robert's rules.
- Project Gutenberg Full text of 1876 (1st) ed.
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- Frequently Asked Questions (from robertsrules.com)
- Wikipedia: Robert's Rules of Order
- Wikiversity:Fire and emergency management/Leadership I:Strategies for Company Success (H803)/Running a Meeting
- Wikisource:Robert's Rules of Order 1915 edition (under construction)
Footnotes and references[edit | edit source]
- The first two can be found at http://www.sd62.bc.ca/portals/0/pdfs/speac/roberts_rules_of_order.pdf
- Added to the first 3 by User:Guy vandegrift
- Added to RRO in a nutshell by user:Guy vandegrift