How the Assembly Operates

The Assembly operates following the principles which are included within the Remit and Terms of Reference for the Assembly. The Assembly was temporarily suspended in March 2020 in accordance with public health requirements relating to COVID-19. In advance of the Assembly reconvening in September 2020, certain adjustments to paragraphs 7,8 and 10 the Assembly Terms of Reference were made.

The Convener agreed a Memorandum of Understanding, setting out the arrangements in place to allow the Citizens’ Assembly to deliver on it’s remit independently. The Memorandum of Understanding was amended in November 2020 to reflect changes as a result of the impact of Covid and the subsequent delay to proceedings.

The first meeting was held in Edinburgh over Saturday 26 October and Sunday 27 October. The other meetings took place in Glasgow over the weekends of 29 November to 1 December; 17 to 19 January; 21 to 23 February. The final weekends were due to take place on  27 to 29 March and 24 to 26 April but the Assembly was temporarily suspended in March 2020 in accordance with public health requirements relating to COVID-19. The Assembly reconvened online in September 2020 with shorter meetings over four weekends, Saturday 5 September, Saturday 3 October and Sunday 4 October, Saturday 31 October and Sunday 1 November, Saturday 5 December. 

Members have agreed a Code of Conduct and Conversation Guidelines, to ensure respectful discussion. Members have also agreed to follow the Guidance on Media and Social Media.  The Assembly also has an information handling policy. Arrangements are in place for members to discuss matters relating to Assembly processes.

The Citizens' Assembly also has evidential standards for introducing evidence into assembly meetings.