News Update

•    General Election: See below for our position in regard to the pre-election period.

•    Blogs: We have updated our blogs page to include three Assembly members’ diaries.

•    The Agenda and materials from weekend 2, plus the outputs from weekend 1 have been published on the meetings page.

General Election: 

Due to the proximity to the General Election we have reluctantly come to the conclusion that it would not be appropriate to live-stream the forthcoming meeting of the Citizens’ Assembly.  This is because it is important that we do nothing that might lead to suggestions that we are drawing attention away from or otherwise intervening in the General Election, which could have the effect of undermining public confidence in the independence of the Assembly.   The relevant parts of the meeting will be recorded and may be viewed on the website after the General Election.   

All of the materials produced in the first meeting of the Assembly are being published on our website, as will be the agenda and evidence presented to the Assembly in this forthcoming meeting.  

We realise this will be a disappointment to the many people who followed our last meeting and intend to do so in the future.  We have not taken this decision lightly, but believe it is the right thing to do.  

There are a limited number of places for people to apply to attend in person to observe the public session of the Assembly.  Details can be found here.


The Citizens’ Assembly of Scotland is coming together to address the following 3 questions:

  • What kind of country are we seeking to build?

  • How best can we overcome the challenges Scotland and the world face in the 21st century, including those arising from Brexit? 

  • What further work should be carried out to give us the information we need to make informed choices about the future of the country?

These are included within the Remit and Terms of Reference for the Assembly, which sets out how the Assembly will operate. The Convener has agreed a Memorandum of Understanding, setting out the arrangements in place to allow the Citizens’ Assembly to deliver on it’s remit independently.


If you would like to come and observe a meeting of the Assembly,  find out how here.

Rewatch the weekend 1 Citizens' Assembly sessions.


100 citizens. 6 weekends between autumn 2019 and spring 2020. 3 topics to discuss. 2 Conveners. 1 Citizens' Assembly of Scotland.

Find out more about the Citizens’ Assembly

The Timeline

The Citizens’ Assembly will take place over six months starting the weekend of October 26th.

Look at the full timeline of the assembly, as well as weekend summaries.

Person writing at CA weekend 1
Keep up to date

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Facilitator at weekend 1
The Process

Citizens’ Assemblies and other participative forums like this have been used in other places around the world and have achieved fantastic results.

Find out more about the Citizens' Assembly of Scotland’s unique process, see who is involved, and learn how it will run.

Kate Wimpress, Convener
Conveners’ Blog

We regularly post blog updates on press releases to let the public know how things are progressing.

Read the Convener's Blog.

Members deliberating
Common Questions

Not everyone has heard of a Citizens’ Assembly – questions are part of the process.

If you have any questions about the Assembly, have a look at our Common Questions page.

Then the discussion begins
Week One 26.10, 27.10
Week Two 29.11 - 01.12
Week Three 17.01 - 19.01
Week Four 21.02 - 23.02
Week Five 27.03 - 29.03
Week Six 24.04 - 26.04