legal power, jurisdiction(noun)
(law) the right and power to interpret and apply the law
"courts having jurisdiction in this district"
in law; the territory within which power can be exercised
the power, right, or authority to interpret and apply the law
the power or right to exercise authority
the authority of a sovereign power to govern or legislate
the limits or territory within which authority may be exercised
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
the authority of a sovereign power to govern or legislate; the right of making or enforcing laws; the power or right of exercising authority
sphere of authority; the limits within which any particular power may be exercised, or within which a government or a court has authority
Origin: [L. jurisdictio; jus, juris, right, law + dictio a saying, speaking: cf. OF. jurisdiction, F. juridiction. See Just, a., and Diction.]
Jurisdiction 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. Jurisdiction draws its substance from public international law, conflict of laws, constitutional law and the powers of the executive and legislative branches of government to allocate resources to best serve the needs of its native society.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
jōō-ris-dik′shun, n. the distribution of justice: legal authority: extent of power: district over which any authority extends.—adjs. Jurisdic′tional, Jurisdic′tive. [Fr.,—L. jurisdictio.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
Right, power, or authority which magistrates or courts have to administer justice.--Within jurisdiction of civil powers, as regards naval matters, is within a line drawn from headland to headland in sight of each other, and forming part of the same county. The admiralty jurisdiction is confined to three miles from the coast in civil matters, but exists wherever the flag flies at sea in criminal.
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
Legal authority; extent of power. All sutlers and retainers to the camp, and all persons whatsoever serving with the armies of the United States in the field, though not enlisted soldiers, are to be subject to orders, according to the rules and discipline of war. To decide exactly where the boundary-line runs between civil and military jurisdiction as to the civilians attached to an army is difficult; but it is quite evident that they are within military jurisdiction, as provided for in the Articles of War, when their treachery, defection, or insubordination might endanger or embarrass the army to which they belong in its operations against what is known in military phrase as “an enemy.” Probably the fact that troops are found in a region of country chiefly inhabited by Indians, and remote from the exercise of civil authority, may enter into the description of “an army in the field.” Persons who attach themselves to an army going upon an expedition against hostile Indians may be understood as agreeing that they will submit themselves for the time being to military control. All officers, conductors, gunners, matrosses, drivers, or other persons whatsoever receiving pay or hire in the service of the artillery or corps of engineers of the United States, shall be subject to be tried by courts-martial. The officers and soldiers of any troops, whether militia or others, being mustered and in pay of the United States, shall, at all times and in all places, when joined, or acting in conjunction with the regular forces of the United States, be governed by the Rules and Articles of War, and shall be subject to be tried by courts-martial in like manner with the officers and soldiers in the regular forces; save only that such courts-martial shall be composed entirely of militia officers. No officer, non-commissioned officer, soldier, or follower of the army shall be tried the second time for the same offense. No person shall be liable to be tried and punished by a general court-martial for any offense which shall appear to have been committed more than two years before the issuing of the order for such trial, unless the person by reason of having absented himself, or some other manifest impediment, shall not have been amenable to justice within that period. No garrison or regimental court-martial shall have the power to try capital cases, or commissioned officers; neither shall they inflict a fine exceeding one month’s pay, nor imprison, nor put to hard labor any non-commissioned officer or soldier, for a longer time than one month.
Having the legal authority, power or right to provide justice.
It was within their jurisdiction to provide a service to the people.Submitted by MaryC on December 27, 2019
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Rank popularity for the word 'jurisdiction' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4597
Rank popularity for the word 'jurisdiction' in Nouns Frequency: #1761
The numerical value of jurisdiction in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of jurisdiction in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Examples of jurisdiction in a Sentence
It has clear jurisdiction.
That's an angle we can assert in terms of jurisdiction.
While laws vary substantially from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.
This is the strictest standard in any jurisdiction in the nation.
This whole investigation involves people with special jurisdiction.
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- δικαιοδοσία, αρμοδιότηταGreek
- toimivalta, lainkäyttövalta, hallintoalueFinnish
- xurisdición, jurisdiciónGalician
- kewenangan, wewenangIndonesian
- دائرہ کارUrdu
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