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Civil Procedure

Introduction to Personal Jurisdiction

Introduction to Personal Jurisdiction

Learn about the requirements that must be met for a court to exercise power over a particular party.


I. Getting Started

Welcome to personal jurisdiction! A court may not hear any case it chooses. For a court to hear a case, it must have jurisdiction over the particular defendant (i.e. personal jurisdiction); jurisdiction over the type of claim on which the lawsuit is based (i.e. subject-matter jurisdiction); and the court must be geographically located in the proper place in light of where the facts of the case occurred and where the defendant resides (i.e. venue). In this tutorial, we focus...