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The Bermuda Legislature is a bicameral legislature based on the Westminster system. Bermuda’s Parliament, has two chambers: the House of Assembly (the ‘Lower House' of elected members) and the Senate (the ‘Upper House’ of appointed members). It is a system that relies heavily upon the existence of organised political parties, each laying policies before the electorate for approval.

The party that wins the most seats at a general election, or who has the support of a majority of members in the House of Assembly, forms the Government. In accordance with the Bermuda Constitution, the leader of the majority party is asked by the Governor to form a Government (i.e. a Cabinet). The largest minority party becomes the official opposition with its own leader and “Shadow Cabinet”. Presently the House of Assembly has the twelve ‘Executive Arm’ or Cabinet Ministers, the last member is a representative of the Senate.

Standing Orders
Standing Orders are the formal written rules that govern the proceedings of the each House of Parliament and set out the arrangement of the business to be conducted as well as the rules for debate. Standing Orders (Rules) may be suspended, if the House agrees, in order to allow a certain item of business to be conducted.
Standing Orders of the House of Assembly of Bermuda (2013) Download
Standing Orders of the Senate of Bermuda (2013) Download
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