Pronunciation: ( joor"is-dik'shun),[key] —n. 1. the right, power, or authority to administer justice by hearing and determining controversies.
2. power; authority; control: He has jurisdiction over all American soldiers in the area. 3. the extent or range of judicial, law enforcement, or other authority: This case comes under the jurisdiction of the local police. 4. the territory over which authority is exercised: All islands to the northwest are his jurisdiction.