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Definition of Jurisdiction

Jurisdiction

  1. The legal power, right, or authority of a particular court to hear and determine causes, to try criminals, or to execute justice; judicial authority over a cause or class of causes; as, certain suits or actions, or the cognizance of certain crimes, are within the jurisdiction of a particular court, that is, within the limits of its authority or commission.
  2. The authority of a sovereign power to govern or legislate; the right of making or enforcing laws; the power or right of exercising authority.
  3. Sphere of authority; the limits within which any particular power may be exercised, or within which a government or a court has authority.

Jurisdiction Quotations

No mistake is more common and more fatuous than appealing to logic in cases which are beyond her jurisdiction.
Samuel Butler

The real point is that totalitarian regimes have claimed jurisdiction over the whole person, and the whole society, and they don't at all believe that we should give unto Caesar that which is Caesar's and unto God that which is God's.
Jeane Kirkpatrick

Congress should pass legislation to remove from the federal courts their jurisdiction to hear these outrageous challenges to the Ten Commandments and the Pledge of Allegiance.
Phyllis Schlafly

Every citizen or subject of another country, while domiciled here, is within the allegiance and the protection, and consequently subject to the jurisdiction, of the United States.
Horace Gray

They had no right, as it seems to me, to prosecute me in these Halls; nor have you the right in law or under the Constitution, as I respectfully submit, to take jurisdiction over offenses committed against them.
Preston Brooks
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Jurisdiction Translations

jurisdiction in French is jurisprudence, juridiction
jurisdiction in German is Rechtsprechung, Gerichtsbarkeit, Rechtsprechung
jurisdiction in Italian is giurisdizione
jurisdiction in Norwegian is domsmyndighet
jurisdiction in Spanish is jurisdicion