Administrative law deals with body of law that governs the activities of administrative agencies of government and those citizens who interact with the agencies. Agency regulations carry the force of law, although elected representatives of the people do not vote to enact them. Rather, agency heads create rules or regulations according to the agencies enabling legislation. Examples of types of matters that come before agencies include licensing appeals for medical professionals, daycare providers, and other license holders.
Another type of case that arises frequently before administrative agencies are appeals for eligibility or for the denial of a service or benefit such as medical care for a developmentally disabled individual. The Arizona Registrar of Contractors is another example of an agency that polices its industry and manages a fund to compensate individuals harmed by unscrupulous practices of home builders. Yet another example are the child and adult abuse registries maintained by the Department of Economic Security in Arizona. Prior to being placed on a registry that can affect an individual's ability to make a living, there is the right to an administrative hearing. However, there is no right to a state-funded attorney in these types of matters. Many State agencies have the power to adjudicate, so citizens in a dispute with an agency may have their cases heard by a central office of administrative hearings or before the very department with which they are in conflict. In a system where there are professional ramifications,, you need a strong advocate who understands the administrative process on your side.
If you have a case with a state agency and need counsel, reach out to Diana to better understand all your options.
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