What does the standard say?




2. Sufficient time

  • The time available is proportionate to the question / purpose

  • There are multiple meetings with time between for reflection

  • There is sufficient time for each of the three phases of the citizens’ assembly: learning, deliberation and decision-making

  • The assembly lasts for at least 30 hours (4 days) in total

  • The assembly lasts for 45 hours (6 days) or more

How much time does a citizens’ assembly need?

Citizens’ assemblies are best used to address complex and (often) contested issues. As such, they typically require at least four days worth of meetings for assembly members to go through this process of learning, deliberation and decision-making. Some assemblies have run for 6 months or longer meeting once a month or even once a fortnight.