Quasi-Judicial Power Law and Legal Definition

A quasi-judicial power refers to the power vested in the commissions established by law, administrative officers, or bodies to determine the rights of those who appear before it. A quasi-judicial power has been described as the power or duty to investigate and to draw conclusions from such investigations.

In Perdue, Brackett, Flores, Utt & Burns v. Linebarger, Goggan, Blair, Sampson & Meeks, L.L.P., 291 S.W.3d 448 (Tex. App. 2009), the court observed that “Texas courts have recognized six powers relevant to the determination of whether a body possesses quasi-judicial power: (1) the power to exercise judgment and discretion; (2) the power to hear and determine or to ascertain facts and decide; (3) the power to make binding orders and judgments; (4) the power to affect the personal or property rights of private persons; (5) the power to examine witnesses, to compel the attendance of witnesses, and to hear the litigation of issues on a hearing; and (6) the power to enforce decisions or impose penalties.”