It is an important document that is relied upon to see the exact wording of any decision that was taken. Without official minutes, memory would provide the only guide to enforcement of a decision. It is fair to say that each person’s memory and interpretation of an event can be different, coloured by a variety of things such as political view, personal perspective, and position of power. Once the wording of a decision is confirmed, the organization can proceed with its interpretation and implementation or perhaps its reconsideration.
A reading of the minutes will verify whether all decisions were made with proper authority and due process. This is very important, as even a seemingly insignificant decision can affect the dignity or quality of life of someone who is subject to the enforcement of that decision.