28/9/18 Jurisdiction


The power, right or authority to interpret, apply and declare the law. Jurisdiction determines which court system should properly adjudicate a case.

Original jurisdiction v. appellate jurisdiction

Original jurisdiction is that granted to a court to try a case in the first instance, make findings of fact, and render a usually appealable decision, while appellate jurisdiction is that vested on a court to hear appeals of the decisions of lower tribunals and to reverse, affirm, or modify those decisions