- the right, power, or authority to administer justice by hearing and determining controversies.
- power; authority; control: He has jurisdiction over all American soldiers in the area.
- the extent or range of judicial, law enforcement, or other authority: This case comes under the jurisdiction of the local police.
- the territory over which authority is exercised: All islands to the northwest are his jurisdiction.
Origin of jurisdiction
Examples from the Web for jurisdiction
The Charlottesville Police did indeed have jurisdiction over the Phi Kappa Psi house.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything
December 16, 2014
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You are in the jurisdiction of the starostie, and I am grand officer of the crown, and grand cordon of the White Eagle.Book Bag: Beguiling if Unlikely Travel Books
September 4, 2014
The department has no jurisdiction over atomic energy secrets.Fired From Los Alamos for Pushing Obama's Nuclear Agenda
Center for Public Integrity
July 31, 2014
While she ruled that she did not have jurisdiction to stop the force feeding, she urged the president to end the practice.Putin Sanctions Abu Ghraib Soldiers and Guantanamo Officials
July 19, 2014
This was a civil court with power, of jurisdiction over felonies.The Little Manx Nation - 1891
Had a judgment, liable to the same objections, been rendered for property, none would question the jurisdiction of this Court.
Prue and Idalene and Bertha he would have sentenced to deportation if he had had the jurisdiction.In a Little Town
The person to whom my suspicions refer, is beyond your jurisdiction, Mr. Arnold.David Elginbrod
And once he got that crowd back into his jurisdiction, there'd be no further problems.The Best Made Plans
Everett B. Cole
- the right or power to administer justice and to apply laws
- the exercise or extent of such right or power
- power or authority in general
Word Origin and History for jurisdiction
early 14c. "administration of justice" (attested from mid-13c. in Anglo-Latin), from Old French juridiccion (13c.) and directly from Latin iurisdictionem (nominative iurisdictio) "administration of justice, jurisdiction," from ius (genitive iuris; see jurist) "right, law" + dictio "a saying" (see diction). Meaning "extent or range of administrative power" is from late 14c. Related: Jurisdictional.