Dual Jurisdiction Law and Legal Definition

Dual jurisdiction is a term that generally refers to a court or courts have jurisdiction over more than one area of a case. The precise definition varies by context and state laws. For example, in juvenile law, it may refer to juvenile dependency cases that aid victims of child abuse or neglect, who are also charged with acts of delinquency. Such children are under the jurisdiction of the dependency system, placed in out-of-home care, and come to the attention of the juvenile justice system.