What The Layperson Needs To Know About Administrative Law

Administrative law

Most people know what auto accident and personal injury laws are, but administrative law is a bit more abstract and not something that the average person might think about or understand. Administrative law is how government agencies operate and create, enforce, and regulate laws that affect the general population.

Unlike other types of law, administrative law incorporates many different areas within society and encompasses various disciplines. There are many administrative lawyers who might never see the inside of a courtroom. On the other hand, there are many administrative lawyers who might spend their whole time in litigation. Some administrative lawyers work with the average person while others might deal with nothing but paperwork and documentation. In general, administrative lawyers work with governmental policies and the creation of government laws and regulations.

How was administrative law started?

Administrative law begins with the American legislative bodies at both the state level and Congress. If it is conducted at the state level, it is about the laws initiated and debated by state representatives. Administrative laws can even be debated in local counties and commissions that are allocated to create laws. If any organization can create laws, then they are guided by the confines of administrative law.

Once a legislative entity creates a law, administrative law is directed to implement and make the laws active. Laws are just the guidelines, while administrative law is all about creating boundaries refining those laws and further clarifying their legalities to make them more practical and to enforce the boundaries. Administrative law is also required to set the regulations regarding a law and to figure out how to put the law into effect.

Administrative law might be reasonable for defining the parameters of laws or to challenge the decisions set forth by their original guidelines. Administrative agencies that are responsible for regulating laws are the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Their operation has the sole purpose of both integrating the laws, setting boundaries, and enforcing laws at an administrative level.

What is the Administrative Procedures Act?

According to the United States Administrative Protection Act of 1946, administrative agencies have the sole purpose of carrying out and creating strict procedures for any agency to carry out a law according to why it was created. The purpose of an administrative law agency is to protect the public and to maintain transparency through being accountable to the public. For something to be considered administrative law, it has to be published in the Federal Register. The Federal Register is a journal that is distributed to the public and which allows the public to make comments before the agency can create final laws and legislation to curb the behaviors of the general public. If it becomes final, then it is inducted into the Code of Federal Regulations.

What type of lawyer engages in administrative law?

There are only specific lawyers who engage in administrative law. The first is one that works for the government. Although both private and public attorneys can engage in administrative law, typically public attorneys are the ones who work in the disciplines of governmental agencies and the laws that follow.

There are also attorneys who engage in administrative law because they work for private clients who are trying to work against established administrative law. For example, if a corporation is being accused of working against the Environmental Protection Agency’s laws, then they will typically hire an administrative lawyer to build a defense against the government agency.

Administrative law is often not the type of legal representation that the average US citizen needs to plead their case. In working with government agencies that create, tailor and enforce laws, representatives typically enforce legislatures and define the laws of the land. There are times when you might need an administrative attorney to defend you against the rules of a governmental agency. Knowing what type you need – and when – is essential to finding the right type of lawyer to hire to protect your interests.

About Mohit Tater

Mohit is the co-founder and editor of Entrepreneurship Life, a place where entrepreneurs, start-ups, and business owners can find wide ranging information, advice, resources, and tools for starting, running, and growing their businesses.

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