Procedural fairness

The modern terminology for the procedural obligations of statutory and prerogative authorities arising by virtue of the common law. This term emerged at a time when the courts were expanding the reach of procedural fairness entitlements beyond the domains traditionally covered by the rules of natural justice.

A common law administrative law doctrine that requires a person exercising statutory (or potentially royal prerogative) power to give some form of notice of a pending decision to a person owed the fairness; an opportunity for that person to comment; and the requirement that the official making the decision be sufficiently unbiased.