ancillary jurisdiction

Definition of "ancillary jurisdiction"
  1. The ability of federal courts to handle matters not typically within the federal domain in order to resolve a legal dispute part of which involves a federal issue they are legally empowered to determine
How to use "ancillary jurisdiction" in a sentence
  1. The federal court invoked its ancillary jurisdiction to settle a dispute of which only a portion was a federal concern.
  2. Although it was predominantly a state matter, ancillary jurisdiction allowed the federal court to conclude the entire disagreement.
  3. Under ancillary jurisdiction, the federal court was allowed to decide on a primarily local issue tied to a federal case.

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