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What Is Administrative Law?

Administrative law governs the administration and regulation of government programs agencies, such as Social Security and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). It applies to both federal and state agencies. 

How Is Administrative Law Different from Other Laws?

The major difference between administrative law and other law is that administrative law cases are tried in administrative courts. In an administrative court, you appear in front of a tribunal, or council, instead of a judge. The tribunal is usually composed of people who are legally trained and are experts in the field of administrative law you are dealing with. They will be the ones who decide your case.

Administrative courts have their own rules and regulations, which are usually different from those of an ordinary civil or criminal court. It is important that you understand these rules and regulations when you appear before an administrative court. 

Examples of Administrative Law Cases

There are three common types of administrative law cases: 

  • Regulatory cases - When a new law is implemented, you may find that you or your business has a conflict with it. You can go to an administrative court and appeal the regulation. An example of a regulatory case is appealing an environmental regulation that was implemented by the Environmental Protection Agency which now affects your business operations.
  • Entitlement cases - These cases usually involve denial of Social Security or workers' compensation benefits. If you feel you have been denied a benefit you are entitled to, you can go to an administrative court and appeal the denial.
  • Enforcement cases - When a government agency initiates a hearing against someone who is in violation of an administrative law, they have initiated an enforcement case. For example, when USCIS initiates a deportation hearing against an illegal immigrant, it is an enforcement case as the goal of the cause is to enforce administrative immigration law.

Do I Need an Attorney to Help Me with My Administrative Law Matter?

An attorney can help explain how the law affects your case and represent you in court. Additionally, an experienced administrative lawyer knows the rules and regulations of the administrative court, and can help guide you through the administrative court process.

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