Inherent-Powers Doctrine Law and Legal Definition

Inherent powers doctrine refers to the principle by which the courts deal with diverse matters over which they are thought to have intrinsic authority like procedural rulemaking and general judicial housekeeping. To justify the invocation or exercise of inherent powers, a court must show that the powers are reasonably necessary to achieve the specific purpose for which the exercise is sought. Inherent powers enable the judiciary to accomplish its constitutionally mandated functions. This power is based on the interpretations of Art. I, § 8, cl. 18 of the Constitution.