Prescriptive Jurisdiction

Prescriptive Jurisdiction

Learn how states are empowered to create laws over particular people, areas, and behavior.


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

I.               What is Jurisdiction

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