Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Law and Legal Definition

Extraterritorial jurisdiction refers to a court’s ability to exercise power beyond its territorial limits. For example, long arm jurisdiction. Long-Arm Statute is a legal provision that allows a state to exercise jurisdiction over an out-of-state defendant, provided that the prospective defendant has sufficient minimum contacts with the forum state.

It can also refer to the legal ability of a government to exercise authority beyond its normal boundaries. Extraterritorial jurisdiction can apply internationally also. For example, the United States has Status of Forces Agreements with many nations which give the United States jurisdiction over members of its military.