See also:term denoting the number of members of any
See also:body of persons whose presence is requisite in
See also:order that business may be validly transacted by the body or its acts be legal . The term is de-rived from the wording of the commission appointing justices of the peace which appoints them all, jointly and severally to keep the peace in the
See also:county named . It also runs— " We have also assigned you, and every two or more of you (of whom [
See also:quorum], any one of you the aforesaid A, B, C, D, &c., we will shall be one) our justices to inquire the truth more fully," whence the justices so-named were usually called justices of the quorum . The term was afterwards applied to all justices, and subsequently by transference, to the number of members of a body necessary for the transaction of its business . No general
See also:rule can be laid down as to the number of members of which a quorum should consist; its
See also:size is usually prescribed by definite enactment or
See also:provision; it is entirely a
See also:matter for self-constituted bodies as to what their quorum shall be, and it usually depends on the size of the body . In bodies which owe their existence to an
See also:act of the legislature, the necessary quorum is usually fixed by
See also:statute . In England, in the
See also:House of Lords, three
See also:form a quorum, though on a division there must be
See also:thirty members
See also:present . In the House of
See also:forty members, including the
See also:Speaker, form a quorum . The quorum of a
See also:committee of the House of Lords is seven, and of the House of Commons, twenty .
QUOITS (0. Fr. coiter, quoiter, to incite)
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