territorial jurisdiction – jurisdiction over cases arising in or involving persons residing within a defined territory

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territorial jurisdiction:

1. Jurisdiction over cases arising in or involving persons residing within a defined territory.

2. Territory over which government, one of its courts, or one of its subdivisions has jurisdiction. [1]

1. The limits of the geographical boundaries over which a government has jurisdiction.

2. The limits of the geographical boundaries of a district within which a judge has jurisdiction See judicial districts. [2]


1. A geographical region or area over which a nation exercises sovereignty but whose inhabitants do not enjoy political, social, or legal parity with the inhabitants of other regions or areas that are constitutional components of the nation.  With respect to the United States, for EXAMPLE, Guam or the Virgin Islands as opposed to New York, California, or Texas.  Also see commonwealth.

2. Any geographical area. [2]


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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4

[2]:  Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition
by Jack Ballantine 
(James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.


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