subject matter jurisdiction

Definition of "subject matter jurisdiction"
  1. It's the authority given to a court to hear and make legal decisions regarding specific types of issues or cases, which permits the court's rulings to be enforceable
How to use "subject matter jurisdiction" in a sentence
  1. The federal court determined it did not have subject matter jurisdiction over the case, so it was transferred to the state court.
  2. In order to decide on the case, the court first needed to examine whether it had subject matter jurisdiction over the dispute.
  3. If a court lacks subject matter jurisdiction, any decision it makes can be challenged and potentially overturned.

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