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.
- Law The right and power to interpret and apply the law: courts having jurisdiction in this district.
- Authority or control: islands under U.S. jurisdiction; a bureau with jurisdiction over Native American affairs.
- The extent of authority or control: a family matter beyond the school's jurisdiction.
- The territorial range of authority or control.