Part of the Parliamentary tradition, but it should be short, witty and rare
Point of Order
For a rule violation
(1) not addressing the Speaker
(2) inappropriate behaviour/decorum
(3) rude behaviour lowering the level of debate.
Point of Personal Privilege
(1) Being personally insulted or slandered
(2) Being deliberately misquoted
Point of Information
A debater may stand with arm out to ask a question while another debater has the floor, but the debater speaking does not need to take the question. The debater speaking may: wave the POI down; finish his/her thought before answering; or take the question.
- POIs should be a short question (10-15 sec). This is Question and Answer, not Argument and Question.
- Two to four POIs are not out of order. However excessive POIs may be considered disruption and a lowering of the standard of debate.
Interruptions are valid in and of themselves, but they are also often used as strategy- to interrupt another debater’s flow. That is to be expected, but use your judgment as to when it is overdone.
What should a judge do about violations?
Deduct one point for each occurrence of a violation.