Generally, the power, right, or authority to interpret, apply, and declare the law. In respect to courts,
jurisdiction refers to the authority of the court to interpret and apply certain laws with respect to a
specific matter in a specific territorial area. In respect to contracts, jurisdiction is a geographical and
political territory that has its own laws. It is a territory with boundaries, such as a state or a province.
For example, California is a jurisdiction in the United States, Ontario is a jurisdiction in Canada,
Scotland is a jurisdiction in the United Kingdom, and Queensland is a jurisdiction in Australia.