Disciplinary procedures

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Disciplinary procedures, in parliamentary procedure, are used to enforce a deliberative assembly's rules. RONR notes, "Punishments that a society can impose generally fall under the headings of reprimand, fine (if authorized in the bylaws), suspension, or expulsion."[1] If an offense occurs in a meeting, the assembly, having witnessed it themselves, can vote on a punishment without the need for a trial.[2] The chair has no authority to impose a penalty or to order the offending member to be removed from the hall, but the assembly has that power.[2] It is also possible to make a motion to censure. Mason's Legislative Manual provides:[3]

TSC notes that "The primary requisites for expulsion proceedings are due notice and fair hearing."[4]

See also[edit]

Declare the chair vacant


  1. ^ RONR (10th ed.), p. 624-625
  2. ^ a b RONR (10th ed.), p. 627
  3. ^ National Conference of State Legislatures (2000). Mason's Manual of Legislative Procedure, 2000 ed., p. 418
  4. ^ Sturgis, Alice (2001). The Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure, 4th ed., p. 224