Summary Jurisdiction Law and Legal Definition

Summary jurisdiction refers to a court's jurisdiction in a summary proceeding. It is also used to denote a court's authority to issue a judgment or order without the necessity of a trial or other process. As used in English law, it refers to a court's power to make an order immediately, without obtaining authority or referral. For example, a magistrate's power to dispose of a criminal case without referring it to the Crown Court for a formal trial or without drawing a jury.