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California Administrative Law: Agency Decisions & Rulings

This guide provides an overview for researching California administrative or regulatory law in the UCLA Law Library. This guide covers finding, updating and tracking regulations, as well as agency decisions and rulings.

Disapproval Decisions

The Office of Administrative Law may reject regulations that do not meet appropriate standards.  These decisions are known as “disapproval decisions.”

  1. California Code of Regulations Decisions, 1988-2002.
    Library: KFC 35 1990 A2 Decisions (Level 2) UCLA has from June 1992
  2. California Regulatory Notice Register (1988-) Contains full text of decisions from 1988 to June 1990 and summaries of decisions from 2002 to present.
    Library: KFC 36 C2 (Level 2)

    Regulatory Notice Register (from OAL site)

  3. The full text of current disapproval decisions (2000- ) is available on the OAL website.  

Agency Decisions

The publication of California agency rulings and decisions is not systematic or comprehensive.  The Law Library attempts to acquire the decisions of any California agency that publishes them.  Check the UCLA library catalog using California [name of agency] for the library’s holdings.  Some agency decisions are on LexisNexis and Westlaw.  Consult the database catalogs under either the California databases or the specialized area of law being researched.   For a list of agency decisions published in print, please consult chapter 8 of Henke’s California Law Guide, 8th ed., Daniel Martin (LexisNexis, 2006) KFC 74 .M37 2006 (Reference & Reserve).