The Binding Nature of Administrative Instructions: An Overview

  • Susanah Naushad


Administrative instructions or administrative directions
are issued by a higher authority to a lower authority
directing as to how certain discretionary powers are to be
exercised by the executive. Issuing such administrative
instructions is relatively a modern function of
administrative bodies. The mechanisms by which
administrative authorities issue instructions are through
letters, circulars, orders, memoranda, pamphlets, public
notices, press notices and even notification in the
government gazettes. Such instructions can be specific or
general and mandatory or directory. If they are directory
then they are not binding. In this article, the author seeks
to analyse the binding nature of mandatory
administrative instructions, which is vague under
administrative law.


Susanah Naushad
Fourth Year, BA LLB, The West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, West Bengal;
How to Cite
NAUSHAD, Susanah. The Binding Nature of Administrative Instructions: An Overview. Christ University Law Journal, [S.l.], v. 2, n. 2, p. 79-86, dec. 2013. ISSN 2278-4322. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 27 may 2019. doi: