Definition of jurisdiction in English:


Line breaks: jur¦is|dic¦tion
Pronunciation: /ˌdʒʊərɪsˈdɪkʃ(ə)n


[mass noun]
  • 1The official power to make legal decisions and judgements: the English court had no jurisdiction over the defendants
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    • And nor should it exclude the jurisdiction of any other state that gives its courts universal jurisdiction over international crimes.
    • Turkey officials waved jurisdiction of the case because it did not involve any Turkish nationals, Edmonson said.
    • As mayor of Los Angeles, Riordan had no official role or any jurisdiction over city schools.
  • 1.1 [count noun] A system of law courts; a judicature: in some jurisdictions there is a mandatory death sentence for murder
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    • The provision limiting comment accords with the present law in those jurisdictions where judicial comment may be made.
    • The judicial system resembles that of other common law jurisdictions.
    • As a result the common law courts still remain more distant from the merits than the administrative law courts of continental jurisdictions.
  • 1.2 [count noun] The territory or sphere of activity over which the legal authority of a court or other institution extends: several different tax jurisdictions
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    • In other words, can they engage in legal economic activity in a jurisdiction where prostitution is legal?
    • While referring to the laws of other jurisdictions, US courts have given them short shrift.
    • There is no legislation of South Australia which says that courts of other jurisdictions may not sit in South Australia.



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  • These other international law jurisdictional doctrines seemingly have little relevance to Article XX.
  • First, it changed its jurisdictional claim from a jurisdiction over land, to one over people.
  • But it is still in the jurisdictional capacity of the High Court, if I understand how it works.


Middle English: from Old French jurediction, from Latin jurisdictio(n-), from jus, jur- 'law' + dictio 'saying' (from dicere 'say').

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