What are minutes?
Minutes are the written record of a meeting or hearing. They often give an overview of the structure of a meeting which includes: a list of those present, a statement of the various issues before the participants, and each of their responses. They are usually created by a typist or recorder at the meeting who may record the meeting in shorthand, and then type the minutes and issue them to the participants afterwards. Alternatively, the meeting may be audio recorded and the minutes typed later. The minutes of certain entities, such as a corporate board of directors, must be kept and are important legal documents.