jurisdictional amount
jurisdictional amount n: the amount or value that a matter in controversy must exceed in order for the federal courts to have diversity jurisdiction
◇ The jurisdictional amount is set by statute and is currently $50,000.

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

jurisdictional amount
n.
The amount of money required to be involved in a controversy in order to give a court jurisdiction over it.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


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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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

jurisdictional amount
n.
   the range between the minimum and maximum amount of money or value in dispute in a lawsuit (generally based on the amount demanded in the lawsuit), which determines which court has jurisdiction to try the case. Example: in California, municipal courts have jurisdiction up to $25,000, superior courts have jurisdiction over that sum, and small claims courts (an alternative to formal municipal court filing) have a maximum jurisdictional amount of $5,000. Federal jurisdiction commences at the $10,000 level, if the lawsuit fits other federal requirements.
   See also: jurisdiction

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • jurisdictional amount — See amount in controversy …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • minimum jurisdictional amount — A constitutional or statutory limitation on jurisdiction which deprives a court of jurisdiction where the amount or value in litigation is less than a specified amount. 20 Am J2d Cts § 154 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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  • jurisdictional limits — The constitutional or statutory parameters within which judicial power may be exercised such as limits based on the monetary value of the action. See jurisdictional amount …   Black's law dictionary

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