Court Standing Rules


We know that Standing Rules for our local court

  • must conform to the National bylaws
  • are guidelines for procedures, general policy and expectations for the court and its members
  • are needed by everyone
  • help make meetings run more smoothly
  • help with decision making
  • keep our members involved.

Standing Rules should contain

  • meeting time and place
  • dues information
  • donation for use of the hall
  • adopt a seminarian information
  • charitable contributions
  • benevolence gifts (Mass stipends, cards, the rosary, etc.)
  • court involvement (committees, fundraisers)
  • reception and installation information
  • other items pertinent to your court.

Writing your Standing Rules

  • Regent appoints a committee chairperson and three other members
  • Committee chair gathers needed materials (copies of any previous Standing Rules, copy of National bylaws, and Roberts Rules of Order
  • Chair plans a meeting for the committee to compose the Standing Rules
  • Chair presents a copy of the rules to the Regent
  • Members are presented with a copy of the proposed Standing Rules at a regular court meeting, read and discussed, voted on for acceptance.

Standing Rules should be reviewed

  • at the beginning of a new term of office
  • when a need arises
  • when court finances or other conditions change
  • charitable recipients are changed.

Standing Rules can be changed

  • by a vote of membership at a regular scheduled meeting
  • by a temporarily rescinding by court officers for a short period of time
  • by members for a temporary change.

Examples for change include

  • day, time, place of meetings
  • dues amount
  • charities – national, state and local court wishes to support
  • recognition of officers
  • gifts, donations.

Check the Tools of the Trade (sec. V, 5-14 and 5-15) for more information about Standing Rules.

Include the revision date on each new set of Standing Rules.

All officers and court members and court’s district deputy should receive a copy of the Standing Rules. Have them available at all court meetings.