Judicial Review of An Administrative Decision In Wyoming

The right of judicial review of an administrative decision is statutory. Basin Elec. Power Co-op., Inc. v. Dep't of Revenue, 970 P.2d 841, 847 (Wyo. 1998). When a case is certified to this Court pursuant to W.R.A.P. 12.09, we examine the decision of the administrative agency as if we were the reviewing court of the first instance. The authority vested in a reviewing court is set forth in Wyo. Stat. Ann. 16-3-114(c)(ii) as follows: (ii) the reviewing court may hold unlawful and set aside agency action, findings and conclusions found to be: (A) Arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion or otherwise not in accordance with law; (B) Contrary to constitutional right, power, privilege or immunity; (C) In excess of statutory jurisdiction, authority or limitations or lacking statutory right; (D) Without observance of procedure required by law; or(E) Unsupported by substantial evidence in a case reviewed on the record of an agency hearing provided by statute. Montana Dakota Utilities Co. v. Public Service Comm'n of Wyoming, 847 P.2d 978, 983 (Wyo. 1993); Ahlenius v. Wyoming Bd. of Professional Geologists, 2 P.3d 1058, 1060 (Wyo. 2000).