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Source of Administrative Law

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The four main sources of Administrative Law are:


The Constitution is the creator of various several administrative bodies and agencies. It gives a brief details about the mechanism and the administrative powers granted to various authorities.

Acts and Statutes

Acts and Statutes passed by legislature are important sources of administrative law because they elaborately detail the powers, functions and modes of control of several administrative bodies.

Ordinances, Notifications, Circulars etc.

Ordinances are issued by the President (at Union / Federal level) and Governor (at State level) and are valid for a particular period of time. These ordinances give additional powers to administrators in order to meet urgent needs.

Administrative directions, notifications and circulars provide additional powers by a higher authority to a lower authority. In some cases, they control the powers.

Judicial decisions

Judicial decisions or judge-made law have been responsible for laying down several new principles related to administrative actions. They increased the accountability of administrative actions and acted as an anchor between the notifications, circulars etc. to be linked and complied directly or indirectly with the constitutional or statutory provisions.

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