Essay on Administrative Law

2073 Words Mar 25th, 2013 9 Pages
QUESTION:

Discuss the salient dimensions of administrative justice and making reference to case law highlighting the most important rights linked to administration of justice.

AUTHOR: KATALILO JOY

INTRODUCTION
This paper will be a discussion of the leading dimensions of administrative justice and will highlight the fundamental rights linked to administration of justice.

Governments exist to provide guidance to its people. In fulfilling this important duty, governments make decisions that affect the members of society. The government makes decision through its various agencies. These agencies are given powers which fall under the legislature and the judiciary. The legislative powers of the agency gives it authority to
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The former type hears and decides on complaints presented by the aggrieved party to a decision made by the administrative agencies. The prominent example of such a tribunal is the Lands tribunal in Zambia. The lands tribunal is a product of the Lands Act which was set-up to re-organize the land tenure system in Zambia. The re-organization of the land tenure was envisaged to produce a lot of controversies and grievances among the people of Zambia and as such the Tribunal was established to hear and consider the problems being faced by the people as a result .
The appeals tribunal ,on the other hand, reviews decisions of administrative officers or bodies on appeal. They have the authority to review the appeals against decisions made by government agencies. Such type of tribunals forms the bulk of tribunals in Zambia. Prominent among them is the Revenue Appeals Tribunal[2] which was set-up to hear appeals under the Customs and Excise Act 1982; the Income Tax Act 1993 and the Value Added Tax Act 2001.
It should be noted that tribunals can exist on a permanent basis as the land tribunal or on an adhoc basis as those established by the Chief justice under the Parliamentary and ministerial code of Conduct Act[3].

Any tribunal, despite its nature, offers an independent and impartial review of the matter before it and therefore produces acceptable results as compared to an internal review. Tribunals, unlike, inquiries, do come up with a

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