See also:political or other purposes . In the case of statutory bodies, by-
See also:laws usually
See also:fix the
See also:quorum necessary to constitute a legal
See also:meeting . That of limited companies may be either by reference to the capital held, or by a fixed quorum or one in proportion to the number of shareholders . It has been held that in the case of a
See also:company it takes at least two persons to constitute a meeting (
See also:Sharp v . Daws, 1886, 2 Q.B.D . 26) . In the case of public meetings for social, political or other purposes no quorum is necessary . They may be held, if they are for a lawful purpose, in any place, on any
See also:day and at any
See also:hour, provided they satisfy certain statutory provisions or by-laws made under the authority of a
See also:statute for the safety of persons attending such meetings . If, however, a meeting is held in the street and it causes an obstruction those convening the meeting may be proceeded against for obstructing the
See also:highway . The
See also:control of a meeting and the subjects to be discussed are entirely within the discretion of those convening it, and whether the meeting is open to the public without payment, or subject to a
See also:charge or to membership of a specified
See also:body or society, those
See also:present are there merely by virtue of a licence of the conveners, which licence may be revoked at any
See also:time . The
See also:person whose licence is revoked may be requested to withdraw from the meeting, and on his refusal may be ejected with such force as is necessary .
If he employs violence to those removing him he commits a
See also:breach of the peace for which he may be given into custody . An important
See also:act has dealt for the first time with the disturbance of a public meeting . The Public Meeting Act 1908 enacted that any person who at a lawful public meeting acts in a disorderly manner for the purpose of preventing the trans- -
See also:action of the business for which the meeting was called together shall be guilty of an offence, and if the offence is committed at a political meeting held' in any
See also:constituency between the issue and return of a writ, the offence is made an illegal practice within the meaning of the Corrupt and Illegal Practices Prevention Act 1883 . Any person who incites another to commit the offence is equally guilty . A public meeting is usually controlled by a chairman, who may be appointed by the conveners or elected by the meeting itself . On the chairman falls the
See also:duty of preserving
See also:order, of calling on persons to speak, deciding points of order, of putting questions to the meeting for decision, and declaring the result and other incidental matters . In England it is illegal, by a statute of
See also:George III . (Seditious Meetings Act 1817), . to hold a public meeting in the open air within 1 m. of
See also:Hall during the sitting of Parliament . See C . P .
See also:Law of Meetings (191o) .
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