Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.


Done under the direction of a supervisor; not involving discretion or policymaking.

Ministerial describes an act or a function that conforms to an instruction or a prescribed procedure. It connotes obedience. A ministerial act or duty is a function performed without the use of judgment by the person performing the act or duty.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

MINISTERIAL. That which is done under the authority of a superior; opposed to judicial; as, the sheriff is a ministerial officer bound to obey the judicial commands of the court.
     2. When an officer acts in both a judicial and ministerial capacity, he may be compelled to perform ministerial acts in a particular way; but when he acts in a judicial capacity, he can only be required to proceed; the manner of doing so is left entirely to his judgment. See 2 Fairf. 377; Bac. Ab. Justices of the Peace, E; 1 Conn. 295; 3 Conn. 107; 9 Conn. 275; 12 Conn. 464; also Judicial; Mandamus; Sheriff.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
References in periodicals archive ?
It is to be recalled that the OIC ministerial council's meetings were held in Dacca during May 5 - 6.
The student must be employed in jobs approved in the Ministerial Decision 217/2016.
The GCC Ministerial Council hailed the outcomes of the 16th consultative meeting for the GCC leaders which was held on May 31st 2016, as well as the decisions that will contribute to enhancing joint work and enhancing security and stability in the region.
The GCC Ministerial Council also condemned the Iranian blatant interventions in the internal affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which were reflected by the Iranian hostile and provocative statements on the judicial rulings implemented by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia against a number of terrorists.
It merits a mentioned here that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Pervaiz Khattak had constituted a four-member ministerial committee during the course of APC to hold talks with the tripartite opposition in a big to persuade them to call off their strike.
ministerial level dialogue was revived in August 2013 during Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to Pakistan.
Al-Zayani said that the ordinary session of the Ministerial Council is of particular importance due to the topics on its agenda, as well as the fact that region is witnessing rapid changes and events that require unified stands.
The Ministers have been requested to identify areas in the ministerial guide where perks can be cut.
What we see today in the name of Ministerial screening is a pitiful joke.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies, known as OPEC+, agreed to extend the production cut agreement during their sixth ministerial meeting in Vienna on July 2, according to a press release by the international organization.
YOUTHS under the aegis of Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA) on Tuesday, lamented their exclusion from President, Muhammadu Buhari's ministerial list.

Full browser ?