Proper Exhaustion Law and Legal Definition

Proper exhaustion is defined as "using all steps that the agency holds out, and doing so properly (so that the agency addresses the issues on the merits)." Haynes v. Ivens, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 124112 ( E.D. Mich. Dec. 23, 2009) "Proper exhaustion demands compliance with an agency's deadlines and other critical procedural rules because no adjudicative system can function effectively without imposing some orderly structure on the course of its proceedings." Sigers v. Bailey, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 123412, 13-14 ( E.D. Mich. Dec. 9, 2009)