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Because of writ jurisdiction vested in it, Administrative and Public Law practice in Punjab and Haryana High Court is among the most extensive and accomplished in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.

In administrative law/ public law litigation involves challenging of rules, notifications, bye-laws unreasonable administrative action in High Court, Chandigarh. Judicial Review petitions, invariably supported by latest case laws mentioned in the petitions themselves, are filed in Punjab and Haryana High Court. Before starting any administrative law litihation, lawyers must have knowledge of the subject-matter of the specific area of government regulation which is at issue. In that way, administrative law experts create an optimal team of lawyers and clients to present case in the most effective, efficient way possible before the relevant tribunal or in court.

When governmental agencies propose regulations that affect an individual, institution or a corporate house, clients first need guidance to work against the government department, send legal notices under section 80 of CPC, and then proceed in court to protect their interests. Unlawful and unreasonable administrative action can also be challenged in administrative tribunals like Central Administrative Tribunal. Against order of administrative tribunals, writ further lies Punjab and Haryana High Court and then in Supreme Court of India.

Under Administrative and Public Law, writs in the nature of Habeas Corpus, Certiorari , Mandamus, Quo Warranto, Prohibition can be filed in Supreme Court of India and High Courts under articles 32 and 226 of the Constitution of India. Civil Writ Petitions (CWP) are filed in Punjab and Haryana High Court, Letters Patent Appeal (LPA) is filed against order passed by a single judge of a High Court. LPA is heard by a Division Bench of two Judges. If still a client does not get relief, lawyers file Special Leave to Petition (SLP) in Supreme Court of India against LPA or CWP.

  • Certiorari – to quash an order passed by an quasi-judicial or administrative authority.
  • Mandamus – to direct a state instrumentality or an administrative authority to do a lawful act.
  • Prohibition – to prohibit a state instrumentality or an administrative authority from doing an unlawful act.
  • quo warranto – to question a state instrumentality’s power to hold a particular position or exercise some power.