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What are Robert's Rules?

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Robert's Rules is a shortened title of a book that was written by Henry Martyn Robert. The book contains a set of rules of order that are adopted as a parliamentary authority for use by deliberative assemblies. The book's 11th, most current edition, is called Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, and it is used widely in the English-speaking countries.

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The first edition of the book was published in February 1876 by a U.S. Army Colonel Henry Martyn Robert. Its full title was "Pocket Manual of Rules of Order for Deliberative Assemblies", the short title on the cover was "Robert's Rules of Order." Recent editions of the books include original rules that were revised, as well as some new ones mostly regarding procedures for dealing with video conferences, teleconferences, and email.

The book is intended for use in regular societies more than in legislative assemblies. The procedural rules that are described in the book were modeled after the rules that the United States House of Representatives used. However, those rules were adapted by the author for use in ordinary societies.

The book includes specific procedures for assemblies, debates, voting, trials, committees, boards, duties of officers, board and committee members, and delegates. In addition to this, users can find sample dialogues suitable for motions, nominations, elections, voting, debates and amendments.

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