What is administrative justice?

questionmarkAdministrative justice concerns how we interact as individuals when the government, or those working on its behalf, act in ways that appear wrong, unfair or unjust. It encompasses matters of everyday importance to all of us, such as housing, education, health care, immigration, planning, social security and taxation.

Various projects have been carried out to map administrative justice in the UK:

Mapping the administrative justice landscape in Northern Ireland (Oct 2014)

Mapping administrative justice in Scotland (Nov 2015)

Understanding Administrative Justice in Wales (Nov 2015)

In addition, the Jersey Law Commission has published a mapping and review study of Improving Administrative Redress in Jersey (Oct 2017).

Defining and describing administrative justice

UKAJI has published a Research Roadmap that explains what administrative justice is and explores what research has been carried out, as well as priorities for future research. It is based on a consultation UKAJI carried out with stakeholders during 2017.

UKAJI has also produced a discussion paper on defining and describing administrative justice and identifying the scope of the UKAJI’s interests. We invite comments and suggestions on the ideas we present in the paper.

At its core administrative justice is about ensuring that public bodies and those who exercise public functions make the right decisions. How do these decisions affect people (as citizens, consumers, individual or groups) and what are the mechanisms for providing redress when things go wrong? Our concerns include ensuring that decisions and redress mechanisms comply with the rule of law.

UKAJI defines administrative justice in the way set out by the Nuffield Foundation:

“The Foundation’s work will start on the basis of a distinction between ‘justice in administration’, where ‘justice’ may be in competition with other administrative criteria, and ‘administrative justice’, which we take to cover reactions to alleged deficiencies in first instance decision-making. ’Administrative justice’ has at its core the administrative decisions by public authorities that affect individual citizens and the mechanisms available for the provision of redress.”

UKAJI’s primary focus is upon developing and using research to understand how the systems of administrative justice operate, including such matters as how users experience the systems and the implications of reforms. One of our key goals is to seek to ensure that research can be used to enable the systems to work as they should and that change is informed by robust, independent research evidence.

We’re interested in how public services are designed and delivered, how legislation is drafted, how people are consulted about laws and policy, how people can challenge decisions by public bodies, how redress bodies consider those challenges and how learning from such challenges is used to improve delivery and decision-making in the first place.

Among the issues relevant to administrative justice are:

Tell us what administrative justice means to you here.




15 thoughts on “What is administrative justice?

  1. Hi,

    I,m studying about above issue with following details:

    “The handling of administrative misconduct by government employees in the United Kingdom in terms of fair trial principles”

    Including rules, regulations and experiences in sections:

    -Organizational structure that deals with administrative misconduct of state employees

    -The limits of the duties and organizational capacities that deal with the administrative misconduct of the state employees

    -The titles of administrative offenses

    -Titles of administrative penalties

    — How to deal with those administrative offenses that are simultaneously a crime

    -The process of handling administrative offenses from filing to issuing a ruling

    -The name of the supervisory authorities and the manner of monitoring the work of the organization that addresses the administrative misconduct of the state employees

    -The status of fair trial principles in dealing with administrative offenses of government employees; Principles such as:

    The principle of a fair trial includes the principle of neutrality and independence of the reviewing authority, the right to a public trial, the principle of equality of arms, which includes the right to a lawyer, the right to a translator, the right to accuse the witness and the right to be charged with interrogation of witnesses.

    Equality in front of the court

    The right to litigation

    Assume that you are innocent- . Everyone charged with a criminal offence shall be presumed innocent

    Principle of crime and punishment

    Right to appeal

    Prohibition of the intensification of punishment at the appeal stage

    The right to compensation

    Can you help me ? Please

    Posted by Mohammadi | March 5, 2018, 11:49 am
    • Thanks for contacting UKAJI. Many of the issues you are studying are covered in the articles we publish on the blog. Our focus is on research on administrative justice. You might also want to have a look at our recently published Research Roadmap for administrative justice, which sets out some of the current challenges. You can find this at the Research Roadmap in the Menu.

      Posted by UKAJI | March 6, 2018, 3:46 pm


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