What is jurisdiction?

  • (noun): (law) the right and power to interpret and apply the law.
    Example: "Courts having jurisdiction in this district"
    Synonyms: legal power
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Jurisdiction

Jurisdiction (from the Latin ius, iuris meaning "law" and dicere meaning "to speak") is the practical authority granted to a formally constituted legal body or to a political leader to deal with and make pronouncements on legal matters and, by implication, to administer justice within a defined area of responsibility. The term is also used to denote the geographical area or subject-matter to which such authority applies.

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Topicality (policy Debate) - Commonly Asserted Voting Issues - Jurisdiction
... Some teams argue that the judge only has the jurisdiction to vote for cases which affirm the resolution ... led to large numbers of kritiks about how it was the issue and mindset of jurisdiction that destroyed Native American culture ...
Enforcement Of Foreign Judgments - Exercise of Jurisdiction in Recognition Cases
... Portugal ), the EC Council Regulation on Jurisdiction and the Enforcement of Judgments in Civil and Commercial Matters or a similar treaty or convention providing for the ... The following issues are considered Whether the foreign court properly accepted personal jurisdiction over the defendant Whether the defendant was properly ... courts sometimes claim extraterritorial jurisdiction offends other states' conceptions of sovereignty ...
Franchise Jurisdiction
... In the history of English common law, a jurisdiction could be held as a form of property (or more precisely an incorporeal hereditament) called a franchise ... Traditional franchise jurisdictions of various powers were held by municipal corporations, religious houses, guilds, early universities, Welsh Marches, and Counties Palatine ... original royal charters of the American colonies included broad grants of franchise jurisdiction along with other governmental powers to corporations or individuals, as ...
United States District Court For The Western District Of Kentucky - Jurisdiction
... Jurisdiction includes the following Kentucky counties Adair, Allen, Ballard, Barren, Breckinridge, Bullitt, Butler, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Casey, Christian, Clinton, Crittenden, Cumberland ...
United States House Transportation Subcommittee On Coast Guard And Maritime Transportation
... The Subcommittee has jurisdiction over maritime safety, security, law enforcement, and defense ... Additionally, the Subcommittee exercises jurisdiction over merchant marine matters such as ocean shipping and cruise ships ... The jurisdiction of this Subcommittee does not extend to matters directly related to national defense, which are handled by the House Armed Services Committee ...

More definitions of "jurisdiction":

  • (noun): In law; the territory within which power can be exercised.

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    The putting into force of laws which shall secure the conservation of our resources, as far as they may be within the jurisdiction of the Federal Government, including the more important work of saving and restoring our forests and the great improvement of waterways, are all proper government functions which must involve large expenditure if properly performed.
    William Howard Taft (1857–1930)