Legal Power Law and Legal Definition

Legal Power refers to the right and power to interpret and apply the law. For example, the jurisdiction of a court in a particular region.

Pursuant to La. C.C.P. Art. 2, subject matter jurisdiction is the legal power and authority of a court to hear and determine a particular class of actions or proceedings, based upon the object of the demand, the amount in dispute, or the value of the right asserted. [Succession of Jeffress, 403 So. 2d 821 (La. Ct. App. 1981)].

In Baldwin v. North Branford, 32 Conn. 47, 54 (Conn. 1864), the court held that all that was intended by the phrase legal power was the power to do the act, variously spoken of in the statute as inherent legal power and authority of law.