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Supplemental Jurisdiction in Federal Courts

Learn about how the federal courts may have supplemental jurisdiction over particular aspects of a dispute.


I.          Introduction

Sometimes, a dispute contains multiple claims, some that satisfy federal subject-matter jurisdiction and some that don’t. Under the doctrine of supplemental jurisdiction, federal courts have the authority to hear claims that would otherwise fall outside of the court’s jurisdiction if those claims are a part of the same case or controversy as claims that are within the court’s jurisdiction.