Supervisory Jurisdiction Law and Legal Definition

Supervisory jurisdiction refers to the power of superior courts of general superintendence over all subordinate courts. Through supervisory jurisdiction, superior courts aim to keep subordinate courts within their prescribed sphere, and prevent usurpation. In order to exercising such control the power is conferred on superior courts to issue the necessary and appropriate writs.

The following is an example of a case law on supervisory jurisdiction:

Each court of appeal has supervisory jurisdiction, subject to the general supervisory jurisdiction of the Supreme Court, over all inferior courts in all cases in which an appeal would lie to the court of appeal. [Gallagher v. Gallagher, 212 So. 2d 281, 283 (La. Ct. App. 1968)].