Criticisms that have been leveled against delegate legislation as a source of law

  1. It is argued that delegated legislation is not as democratic as statute law in that it is not always made by representatives of the people.
  2. Neither parliament nor courts of law can effectively control delegated legislation.
  3. It is contended that the rules tend to be very detailed and technical and are therefore difficult to comprehend.
  4. Delegates often sub-delegate law making powers to other persons which may lead to abuse of power. This compounds the problem of control.
  5. This source of law receives minimal publicity if any. The rules are to a large extent unknown.

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