Administrative law of primarily deals with the relationship of individuals with the organized power. There is no precise and perfect definition of Administrative law. Definitions of Administrative law may also change with the changing Times. Many Jurists have made attempt to define administrative law but none of these definitions completely give exact nature, scope, and contents of Administrative law.

Some Important Definitions of Administrative Law - 

1) K.C Devis - 

      According to K.C Devis, "Administrative law is the law concerning the powers and procedure of Administrative Agencies, including specially the law government Judicial review of Administrative action."

2) Professor H.W.R. Wade - 

       According to Professor Wade, "  administrative law is the law relating to control of governmental powers."

3) Ivor Jenning 

      According to Ivor Jenning, "administrative law is the law relating to administration. Help determines the organization, powers, and duties of Administrative authorities.

4) F.J. Port - 

      According to F.J Port "Administrative law is made up of all legal rules either formally expressed statutes or implied in the prerogatives, which have as their ultimate object the fulfillment of public law. It touches the first legislature, in that the formally expressed rules are usually laid down by the body, it touches judicially, in that

    (a) there are rules which govern the judicial action that may be brought by or against the administrative person

   (b) administrative bodies are sometimes permitted to exercise judicial powers

   (c) it is of course essentially concerned with the practical application of the law.

5) Garner -

     According to Garner, "administrative law may be described as those rules which are recognized by the court as law and which relate to regulate the administration of government".

6) Jain and Jain - 

      Jain and Jain defines the administrative law as it deals with the structure, powers and functions of the organs of Administration, the limits of their powers, the methods and procedure followed by them in exercising their powers and functions, the methods by which their powers are controlled including the legal remedies available to a person against them when his rights are infringed up by their operation".

7) Dicey - 

       According to Dicey, "The administrative law denotes that portion of nation's legal system which determines the legal status and liabilities of all state offices, which defines the rights and liabilities of private individuals in their dealing with their public officials and which specifies the procedures by which these rights and liabilities are enforced."

8) W.B. Monroe - 

      W.B Monroe defines administrative law in his book "The principles of Administrative law"  WB Monroe  defines Administrative law as a system of jurisprudence which on the one hand, relatives public officials from amenability to the ordinary Courts for acts performed in their official capacity, and on the other hand,  sets up a special jurisdiction to hold them accountable.

9) Indian Law Institute - 

       According to Indian Law Institute, "administrative law deals with the power of Administration, how those powers are exercised, what are the limits on those powers, what are the ways in which these powers are kept within those limits, the procedure followed by administrative authorities and the remedies available to a person when affected by administration."

10)  I.P. Massey - 

        I.P. Massey defines administrative law as that branch of public law which deals with the organization and powers of Administrative and Quasi-administrative Agencies and prescribes principles and rules by which an official action is reached and reviewd in relation to individual liberty and freedom.

11) Griffith and Street - 

 According to Griffith and Street, " The main object of Administrative law is the operation and control of Administrative authorities."

12)  C.K. Takwani -

 According to C K Takwani, Administrative law is the branch of constitutional law which deals with powers and duties of Administrative authorities, the procedure followed by them in exercise the powers and discharging the duties and the remedies available to an aggrieved person when his rights are affected by any action of such authorities

See Also...

1. Main functions of Administrative law

2. Advantages of Law

3. Legislation:  Meaning, Definition, and merits of legislation over Precedent

4. Criminal Administration of Justice | Jurisprudence

5. Civil Administration of Justice | Jurisprudence


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