HistoryThe term gets its name from its use in the parliamentary system of government. In the 16th and 17th century, there were rules of order in the early Parliament of England, parliaments of England. In the 1560s Sir Thomas Smyth began the process of writing down accepted procedures and published a book about them for the House of Commons of England, 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)
Westminster proceduresThe Westminster system, Westminster parliamentary procedures are followed in several Commonwealth of Nations, Commonwealth countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, India, and South Africa. In Canada, for example, the House of Commons uses ''House of Commons Procedure and Practice'' as its primary procedural authority. Others include Arthur Beauchesne's ''Parliamentary Rules and Forms of the House of Commons of Canada'', Bourinot's Rules of Order, Sir John George Bourinot's ''Parliamentary Procedure and Practice in the Dominion of Canada'', and Erskine May's ''The Law, Privileges, Proceedings and Usage of Parliament'' from Britain.
American proceduresThe rules of the United States Congress were developed from the parliamentary procedures used in Britain. The American parliamentary procedures are followed in many nations, including Indonesia, the Philippines, Mexico and South Korea.
OtherThe procedures of the Diet of Japan have moved away from the British parliamentary model. In Occupied Japan, there were efforts to bring Japanese parliamentary procedures more in line with American congressional practices. In Japan, informal negotiations are more important than formal procedures. Written codes of rules govern in Italy the life of the Italian Parliament, Houses of the Parliament: the Constitutional Court of Italy, Constitutional Court is judge on the limits beyond which these regulations cannot go, exceeding the parliamentary or political function (judgement n. 120 of 2014), and on their bad application when a law is passed through.
Parliamentary authority usage patternsParliamentary procedure is based on the principles of allowing the majority to make decisions effectively and efficiently (majority rule), while ensuring fairness towards the minority and giving each member or delegate the right to voice an opinion. Voting determines the will of the assembly. While each assembly may create their own set of rules, these sets tend to be more alike than different. A common practice is to adopt a standard reference book on parliamentary procedure and modify it through special rules of order that supersede the adopted authority. A parliamentary structure conducts business through Motion (parliamentary procedure), motions, which cause actions. Members bring business before the assembly by introducing main motions, or dispose of this business through subsidiary motions and incidental motions. Parliamentary procedure also allows for rules in regards to nomination, voting, disciplinary action, appeals, dues, and the drafting of organization charters, constitutions, and bylaws.
Organizations and civic groupsThe most common procedural authority in use in the United States is ''Robert's Rules of Order''. Other authorities include ''The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure'' (used by some medical and library organizations) and ''Demeter's Manual of Parliamentary Law and Procedure''. A common text in use in the UK, particularly within trade union, trade unions, is Lord Citrine's ''ABC of Chairmanship''. In English-speaking Canada, popular authorities include Kerr & King's ''Procedures for Meeting and Organizations''. The Conservative Party of Canada uses ''Wainberg's Society meetings including rules of order'' to run its internal affairs. In French-speaking Canada, commonly used rules of order for ordinary societies include Victor Morin's ''Morin code, Procédures des assemblées délibérantes'' (commonly known as the ''Code Morin'') and the ''Code Confédération des syndicats nationaux, CSN''.
LegislaturesLegislative assemblies in all countries, because of their nature, tend to have a specialized set of rules that differ from parliamentary procedure used by clubs and organizations. In the United Kingdom, Thomas Erskine May's ''Erskine May: Parliamentary Practice, Treatise on the Law, Privileges, Proceedings and Usage of Parliament'' (often referred to simply as ''Erskine May'') is the accepted authority on the powers and procedures of the Westminster Parliament, Westminster parliament. There are also the Standing Orders for each House. Of the 99 State legislature (United States), state legislative chambers in the United States (two for each U.S. state, state except Nebraska, which has a Unicameralism, unicameral legislature), ''Mason's Manual of Legislative Procedure'' governs parliamentary procedures in 70; ''Jefferson's Manual'' governs 13, and ''Robert's Rules of Order'' governs four. The United States Senate follows the Standing Rules of the United States Senate, while the United States House of Representatives follows ''Jefferson's Manual''. ''Mason's Manual'', originally written by constitutional scholar and former California Senate staff member Paul Mason (author), Paul Mason in 1935, and since his death revised and published by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), governs legislative procedures in instances where the State constitution (United States), state constitution, State law (United States), state statutes, and the chamber's rules are silent.National Conference of State Legislatures web site
ParliamentariansIn the United States, individuals who are proficient in parliamentary procedure are called parliamentarians (in other English-speaking countries with parliamentary forms of government, "parliamentarian" refers to a member of Parliament). Several organizations offer certification programs for parliamentarians, including the National Association of Parliamentarians and American Institute of Parliamentarians. Agriculture teachers who coach teams in the National FFA Organization (formerly Future Farmers of America) Parli Pro, parliamentary procedure contest can earn the title Accredited Parliamentarian (AP). Parliamentarians perform an important role in many meetings, including counseling organizations on parliamentary law, holding elections, or writing amendments to the constitution and bylaws of an organization.
See also* Group decision-making * Lawmaking procedure in India * Parliamentary procedure in the corporate world