original jurisdiction

Definition of "original jurisdiction"
  1. The power of a court to handle a case first, before any other court
How to use "original jurisdiction" in a sentence
  1. The state court had original jurisdiction in the murder case.
  2. The trial started in the federal district court, which has original jurisdiction over such matters.
  3. Since the land dispute involved two states, the original jurisdiction fell with the federal court.

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