Administrative LawAdministrative law is something that sounds very boring, and no doubt for some it is, but as time goes by more and more legal issues that matter to people are consumed by it. Residential landlord & tenant, social assistance, (most of) auto insurance, employment, labour, WSIB, planning law and many other varied and important areas of law are all administrative.
As more and more of these issues transfer from the courts to administrative tribunals the full impact of the transition starts to become clear. The well-developed quality of justice that parties had under the courts is replaced with an ill-defined new system that has, inevitably, failed to anticipate the multitude of practice and legal issues that can - and will - arise. Administrative law, as a body of legal principles, is just that - the law dealing with this huge transition.
The most obvious of these is the administrative 'common law' of procedural fairness and natural justice. As well, and by no means least, each separate area of 'admin law' is heavily influenced by the Statutory Powers Procedures Act (SPPA) [the subject of it's own Isthatlegal Administrative Law (SPPA) Legal Guide] - and the statutes, regulations, rules and policy guidelines (even the forms are important) that govern that law and the tribunal/s that regulate it.
Admin law can accurately be characterized as a 'brave new world', and it's by no means a small or minor world for those effected - which is everyone.
Time - 2020 Time Limits Suspension
Fairness and Natural Justice
Fairness | Part II | Part III
Specific Practice Issues
Competing Tribunal Jurisdiction
Audi Alteram Partem
Costs under the SPPA
Notices [also linked in Limitations]
Reasons for Decision
Regulatory Charges and Administrative Fines
Jurisdiction by Necessary Implication
Independence of Administrative Adjudicators
License Appeal Tribunal
Collateral Attack Rule