Doctrine of Legitimate Expectation
- Doctrine of Legitimate Expectation is a part of public law
- Intended to give relief to people when they are not able to justify their claims on the basis of law in the strict sense
- Rule of Locus standi is relaxed in public law
- Provides space between 'no claim' and a 'legal claim'
- Developed to check arbitrary excise of power of administrative authorities
- The term 'Legitimate Expectation' was first used by Lord Denning in 1969
- Government announced water schemes for villages but later excludes some villages. The announcement has set legitimate expectations and excluding villages without following Principles of Natural Justice is not fair.
- 'Legitimate Expectation' is a modern development and is an example of judicial creativity.