federal question jurisdiction

Definition of "federal question jurisdiction"
  1. The authority given to the federal courts to decide civil matters that are rooted in the U.S. Constitution, federal laws, or international treaties of the U.S
How to use "federal question jurisdiction" in a sentence
  1. The federal court exercised its federal question jurisdiction to rule on the constitutionality of the new law.
  2. Because the case was concerned with a treaty, it fell under the federal question jurisdiction of the court.
  3. In cases related to federal law, the federal question jurisdiction gives authority to the federal court to interpret and apply the law.

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