Many statutes require decisions to be reviewed and disputes to be resolved by procedures independent of the courts. These usually combine a number of steps concluding in a hearing before a quasijudicial tribunal. These tribunals have their own procedures and requirements varying from tribunal to tribunal but all sharing common rules of natural justice to ensure a fair hearing. The body of law that has grown up around these tribunals is known as “administrative law” and it differs in many respects from the body of law used as precedents by the courts.
The rules, forms, and procedures can be bewildering in their complexity or deceivingly simple at first glance. Time limits can often prevent a legitimate complaint from proceeding or improperly completed forms can result in a speedy dismissal of a matter.
Many of the statutes establishing administrative tribunals contain so-called “privative clauses” which severely restrict appeals or overview by the courts.
As each tribunal has its own rules, policies and procedures, professional guidance by an experienced administrative lawyer can greatly assist individuals in processing and successfully concluding their matters before the tribunal.