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Enforcement and Adjudicative Jurisdiction

Learn how states are empowered to determine which conduct violates its laws and to punish those responsible.


This is one of two lessons in which we cover the topic of jurisdiction. Here we’ll look specifically at enforcement and adjudicative jurisdiction. The other lesson covers prescriptive jurisdiction.

I.               What is Jurisdiction

In simplest terms, jurisdiction is the authority or power of a state to create, enforce, and adjudicate laws. It limits where, when, and upon whom governments may assert their authority. We...