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.
- ju·ris·dic·tion·al, adjective
- ju·ris·dic·tive, adjective
- ju·ris·dic·tion·al·ly, adverb
- pre·ju·ris·dic·tion, noun
- su·per·ju·ris·dic·tion, noun
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How to use jurisdiction in a sentence
It follows several new restrictions added across the region’s jurisdictions this month as coronavirus cases have exploded.National Harbor curfew issued for minors as D.C. region sets coronavirus record for 17th day | Rachel Chason, Dana Hedgpeth, Fenit Nirappil | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Maryland and its largest jurisdiction toughened pandemic-related restrictions Tuesday as the Washington region’s coronavirus caseloads set more record highs amid a national spike.Maryland governor adds coronavirus restrictions as cases surge across the Washington region | Rebecca Tan, Erin Cox, Patricia Sullivan | November 11, 2020 | Washington Post
Voters in Maryland’s most populous jurisdiction added two seats to the county council, which will ensure better representation for the growing population in northern Montgomery.Election 2020: Winners and losers from Virginia, Maryland and D.C. | Robert McCartney | November 6, 2020 | Washington Post
Fairfax County joins a growing list of local jurisdictions that are seeking a top leader for their police departments.Fairfax County police chief to step down in February | Justin Jouvenal | November 5, 2020 | Washington Post
She held town halls in every jurisdiction, often fielding complaints about the lack of rural broadband access and the price of prescription drugs – two issues she focused on heavily.Spanberger declares victory over Freitas in Virginia as more absentee ballots are tallied | Meagan Flynn | November 5, 2020 | Washington Post
In the end, in 2008, jurisdictional issues blew the investigation, says Wittman.
The party who files first in a case where there may be jurisdictional issues has an advantage, she says.
Right now Saif al-Islam is currently in something of a jurisdictional limbo.In His First Interview, Saif al-Islam Says He Has Not Been Given Access to a Lawyer | Fred Abrahams | December 30, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
In some cases, there is a lack of jurisdictional clarity, especially in international cases.
Some contraventions of right have already taken place, both within our jurisdictional limits and on the high seas.A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents | Edited by James D. Richardson
Ownership is dominium; but governmental power, jurisdictional power, these also are dominium.Domesday Book and Beyond | Frederic William Maitland
For one moment longer we may dwell on the indisputable fact that he dealt out jurisdictional rights with a lavish hand.Domesday Book and Beyond | Frederic William Maitland
Apart from jurisdictional profits, rents and agricultural services, dues of all kinds are exacted from the rural population.
It is under this system (which has been called jurisdictional) that religious liberty has been realized in European States.A History of Freedom of Thought | John Bagnell Bury
British Dictionary definitions for jurisdiction
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
- jurisdictional, adjective
- jurisdictionally, adverb
- jurisdictive, adjective
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