Formal Adjudication

Formal Adjudication

Learn about when formal adjudication is required and what it entails.


The APA provides for two types of adjudication, formal and informal. In this lesson, we’ll explain what formal adjudication is, and when it’s required.

I.               When Required

Formal adjudication refers to any adjudication, quote, “required by statute to be determined on the record after opportunity for an agency hearing,” unquote. Formal adjudication typically resembles a court trial, with witnesses, exhibits, and a...