Pronunciation: ( joor"is-dik'shun), [key]
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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.