Learner's definition of JURISDICTION
1 [noncount] : the power or right to make judgments about the law, to arrest and punish criminals, etc.
The court has jurisdiction over most criminal offenses.
His attorney claimed the court lacked jurisdiction in this matter.
The matter falls outside/within the jurisdiction of this court.
2 [noncount] : the power or right to govern an area 3 [count] : an area within which a particular system of laws is used