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Administrative Law Guide: Introduction

Resources for help with regulations and other administrative law matters

Administrative Law

Administrative law concerns government agencies, boards, and commissions of federal, state, and local governments.  Administrative authority is governed by statute, and often includes the power to create rules and regulations, grant licenses and permits, conduct investigations and provide remedies to complaints, as well as oversee the conduct of the business and issue orders to parties to comply with certain rules or laws.  An administrative regulation or rule is similar to a statute, often developed to give precision to vague statutory language, and is applicable to specific actors engaged in specific conduct.  Administrative law judges are government officials who act under quasi-judicial powers in conducting hearings, issuing findings of fact, and issuing orders of compliance.

Thus, Administrative Law has two lawmaking functions:
1.  Rulemaking - the administration of legislation, as well as interpretation and application of statutes
2.  Case Adjudication - the effectuation or enforcement of legislative and regulatory standards.

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