Administrative Decisions and Other Agency Materials

Administrative Decisions and Other Agency Materials

Continue studying administrative law research methods with this discussion of adjudicative orders and other agency materials, including where such materials are published, how to search for various agency materials, and the variety of advisory materials promulgated by agencies.


As described in previous clips, agencies make law in two forms: regulations and orders. Regulations are promulgated, and orders are either issued or adjudicated. Any other information published by an agency is considered a secondary source. 

I. Adjudicative Orders

Agencies often perform a quasi-judicial function by holding adjudications and issuing orders. Sometimes these hearings are held by administrative law judges, or ALJs, appointed by the agency; sometimes the full agency governing...