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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.
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Given that the revenues are often entirely off-budget, incentives exist to divert resources away from normal governmental functions of the ministry to these activities in an attempt to generate ministerially (and even personally) appropriable and discretionary revenues.
I will not miss working long hours on irrelevant ministerially guided committees.
In the end, the model that he proposes for Japan is at first glance a highly particularistic one indeed: a "business-dominated, LDP-mediated and partly pluralized, and at the margins, ministerially rationalized and more pluralized within a strong vertical corporatist" political system.
German merger legislation is strongly competition oriented, although the Bundeskartellamt's recommendations can be overridden ministerially on political grounds.(10) In the U.K., the oldest of the merger regimes, the legislation allows wider aspects of the public interest to be offset against competition concerns.
"Although I'm not ministerially responsible for all aspects of the horse industry, I want to see whether I can help move forward some of the issues.
The health secretary is convening a ministerially led short-life working group to take forward measures that support "open and honest workplace cultures".
"Instead of transparency and openness, we have the Secretary of State defending himself and saying that on that day he was eating privately, not ministerially."
In London, meanwhile, an official inquiry into Britain's role in torture and rendition since 9/11 says the government has provided information about the UK's role in the affair, and Whitehall sources defended intelligence agencies' actions by saying they were following "ministerially authorised government policy".
Those FitzGerald has in mind, who live in such radical openness to God, and who at one level may "not quite know who they are anymore," nonetheless live lives that are "remarkably self-possessed and loving, ministerially effective and at the height of their scholarly achievements." (24) The purification of memory has robbed them of frameworks that once informed their relationship to the world and to God; nonetheless, their transformed lives witness to the loving kindness of God in the new world in which they find themselves.

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