Legal Memorandum: Authority of an Administrative Law Judge

Issue: What is the authority of an administrative law judge to determine controversies and issue opinions?

Area of Law: Administrative Law, Administrative Law & Regulation (Federal and State)
Keywords: Administrative law judge; Controversies and issue opinions
Jurisdiction: Minnesota
Cited Cases: None
Cited Statutes: None
Date: 12/01/2014

Under American jurisprudence, tribunals “decide only actual controversies and avoid advisory opinions.”  See In re McCaskill, 603 N.W.2d 326, 327 (Minn. 1999).  A case is moot if an event resolves the dispute or makes it impossible for a court to grant relief.  Issacs v. American Iron & Steel Co., 690 N.W.2d 373, 376 (Minn. Ct. App. 2004).  Subject to limited exceptions not applicable here, if a case is moot, there is no justiciable controversy, and the case must be dismissed.  In re P.L.,  A10-887 (Minn. Ct. App. Jan. 11, 2011). 


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