Territorial Jurisdiction Law and Legal Definition

Territorial jurisdiction refers to jurisdiction over cases arising in or involving persons residing within a defined territory. It can also be the territory over which a government, one of its courts, or one of its subdivisions has jurisdiction. If a court does not have territorial jurisdiction over the events or persons within it, then the court will not be able to bind the defendant to an obligation or adjudicate any rights involving them. Territorial jurisdiction can be waived, even unintentionally, by a defendant.