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Administrative Law

Constitutional Authority

Constitutional Authority

Examine the constitutional bases for administrative agencies to engage in adjudication.


Administrative agencies often adjudicate hearings without involving the judicial branch. However, the Constitution does not explicitly empower the executive branch to resolve disputes through adjudication. How, then, may agencies adjudicate hearings? Today, we’ll be discussing the constitutional authority for agency adjudication.

Article III of the Constitution vests the judicial power of the United States in federal courts of law. “The judicial power of the United States shall be vested in...