Administrative jurisdiction
(820 words)

The term “administrative jurisdiction” (Verwaltungsgerichtsbarkeit) does not appear in the sources until 1848. Although it is essentially only a Germanization of the Latinate expression Administrativjustiz (administrative judiciary), common in the pre-1848 period, administrative jurisdiction describes something fundamentally different: while the former term indicates the oversight of the actions of administrative authorities by other administrative authorities, true administrative jurisdiction exists only when this control is exercised by independent courts

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Olechowski, Thomas, “Administrative jurisdiction”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 19 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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