statutory authority
in the law of tort or delict, a defence to a claim that the defendant is acting under statutory authority. It is a defence even to nuisance, which is seen in England as a form of strict liability. If, however, an act could be carried out under statutory authority without creating a nuisance as well as by creating a nuisance, the plea will be unsuccessful if the nuisance-avoiding method is not taken.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

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