Litigation ENewsletter March 17 2011

Administrative Hearings
The US Customs Service, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other administrative agencies are tasked with both creating and enforcing rules that govern specific, usually narrow areas of authority. In carrying out their missions, administrative agencies exercise powers traditionally divided between the legislative branch (rulemaking), the judicial branch (adjudication) and the executive branch (enforcement). Since they aren't actually under the judicial branch, however, the adjudication process in administrative agencies differs in some important ways from the process followed in a court of law.