primary jurisdiction

Definition of "primary jurisdiction"
  1. A legal concept, established by courts, that gives an administrative agency the first right to address specific problems before they are handled in court
How to use "primary jurisdiction" in a sentence
  1. To prevent conflicting rulings, primary jurisdiction was given to the environmental agency.
  2. The court decided not to handle the case because it fell under the primary jurisdiction of the regulatory commission.
  3. The attorney argued that the dispute is within the primary jurisdiction of the antitrust commission, not the court.

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