The Assembly will be conducted according to the following principles:

How it will work in practice

The first meeting will be held in Edinburgh over Saturday 26 October and Sunday 27 October. The next five meetings will take place in Glasgow over the weekends of 29 November to 1 December; 17 to 19 January; 21 to 23 February; 27 to 29 March and 24 to 26 April.

The Scottish Government have published the Remit and Terms of Reference for the Citizens’ Assembly.

Conveners have agreed a Memorandum of Understanding with Scottish Government setting out the arrangements in place to allow the Citizens’ Assembly to deliver on its remit independently.

Members have agreed a Code of Conduct and Conversation Guidelines, to ensure respectful discussion. 

Independent from Government

Including through the appointment of an impartial and respected convener or co-conveners, an arms-length secretariat, and expert advisory groups.

Transparency

At all levels of the operation of the Assembly, from the framing of the questions, to the selection of members and expert witnesses, through to proactive publication and live-streaming of deliberative sessions and clarity about what the outputs will be used for.

Inclusion

Extending not just to those invited to take part as members, but also to the operations of the assembly itself.

Access

The wider public must be able to see and comment upon the work of the Assembly, and stakeholders must feel that they and their interests have a route into the Assembly.

Balance

The information used to build members’ (and the wider public’s) learning must be balanced, credible and easily understood.

Cumulative Learning

Embedded into the design of the Assembly, to ensure members develop a rich understanding of the issues considered and have time to do so.

Open-Mindedness

The assembly will be a forum for open-minded deliberation between participants, ensuring the public see it as a genuine process of enquiry, and to help ensure that it recieves an open-minded response from the parliament and government.

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