The term "jurisdiction" refers to a court's power to hear a case. The circumstances of an alleged crime determine which court is empowered to hear it—for example, a federal or state court. Jurisdiction can play a big part not only in procedure, but also in outcome.
State vs. Federal Jurisdiction in Criminal Cases
Learn what determines whether a state or the federal government prosecutes a criminal case.
Change of Venue in a Criminal Case
The venue in a criminal case is the court that will hear the matter.
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