Nolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary

Jurisdictional Amount

The monetary amount that determines whether or not a particular court can hear a case. For example, under the law of a particular state, the jurisdictional amount of a justice, municipal, or city court might be limited to cases involving less than $25,000. Small claims courts have low jurisdictional limits, usually under $15,000 and sometimes as low as $2,500.
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