Administrative Law refers to legal principles and laws that govern the administration and regulation of both state and federal government agencies. These agencies are delegated power by Congress or state legislatures to act as representatives for the executive. Administrative agencies are generally established to protect a public interest, as opposed to substantiating private rights.
Constitutional parameters and other limits have been codified into statutes such as the Federal Administrative Procedure Act (“FAPA”) and state equivalents. The FAPA is a statute designed to create uniformity in the procedures used by federal agencies and it incorporates a regulatory program that governs agency directives and adjudications. The FAPA is the major source for federal administrative law, while state agencies are regulated by comparable state acts.