by Jim Slaughter, JD, CPP-T, PRP
Laws should be like clothes. They should be made to fit the people they serve,” advised Clarence Darrow. Similarly, the procedures used during meetings should be made to fit the particular organization as well as the particular meeting.
Conduct of business often varies by assembly size. Most parliamentary manuals provide that the conduct in smaller boards and committees can be more informal. Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised (10th Edition) suggests that the formal procedure used by larger groups could hinder business in a board meeting of fewer than a dozen. As a result, smaller boards and committees can follow an informal procedure, such that: