Judicial Review of Agency Actions

Several observations can be made about the court system's review of agency decisions. First, parties must initially use or exhaust all the avenues of agency review before they take their complaints to the court system. Second, several U.S. Supreme Court decisions define a court's role in reviewing agency actions. Generally, the Supreme Court has held that courts should acknowledge and accommodate agency expertise, rely upon the controlling statutory authority in making their judgements, and avoid imposing further rulemaking procedures on an agency without showing extraordinary circumstances.7

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