Control of administration, Legal rules from administrative agencies, Procedures to remedy legal injury, Court
decisions pertinent to all parts, Laws governing administration.
Introduction Branch of public law which consists of those laws establishing and governing public agencies and
offices, rules which such agencies themselves make, the court rulings which keep the agencies and their rules
within limits, and the patterns of remedies to assist persons injured by such agencies.
Admin law is an area of law that concerns admin agencies, the way they are discharging. The law concerning the
powers and procedures of administrative agencies, including especially the law governing judicial review of
The expression "Administrative Law" may mean two different things, namely, (a) law relating to administration,
and (b) law made by the administration. The latter would itself be of two kinds. Firstly, it may be rules,
regulations, orders, schemes, bye-laws, etc., made by the administrative authorities on whom power to make such
subordinate legislation is conferred by a statute. This may be called rule-making. Secondly, certain administrative
authorities have power to decide questions of law and/ or fact affecting particular person or persons generally, i.e.,
Branch of law governing the creation and operation of administrative agencies. Of special importance are the
powers granted to administrative agencies, the substantive rules that such agencies make, and the legal
relationships between such agencies, other government bodies, and the public at large.
Although administrative law, by its very nature, is concerned with ensuring that public decision-makers act
within the law and are, on this basis, accountable before the law, its development is due largely to a desire on the
part of the courts to redress the balance of power and to safeguard the rights and interests of citizens. It is
arguable that, as effective government accountability to Parliament has diminished, so the courts have stepped in
to redress the balance of power. Administrative law is concerned also to ensure that an element of fairness
operates in public decision-making and generally to ensure good administration. This is not only to the
advantage of the individual citizen. It is to the advantage of government itself. If government is perceived as being
accountable for its decisions, whether before an elected legislature and/or before an independent judicial system,
the greater the likelihood that the status quo( as it is right now) wil be maintained. Good government serves to
perpetuate itself. Bad government serves to incite revolt
Administrative law is part of the branch of law commonly referred to as public law, fe. the law which regulates the
relationship between the citizen and the state and which involves the exercise of state power
Necessary when the gov is a delegated power when the gov represents the people for the people.
What does admin law?
Keep admin agencies and their func. in line
Affords remedies of various sorts for the indv. Citizen, injured by the gov,
Enables gov to enforce its legally rightful claims and goals of the gov
Why is it public law?
Public administrators must do certain things that private citizens cannot;
Special duties should apply to public officials and agencies due to the power they have over citizens;
Public officials and agencies should be subject to public accountability;
Different role of courts in reviewing the programmes/actions of public agencies ( indv don’t have this right)
Diff courts so diff roles