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Territorial jurisdiction, commonly referred to simply as jurisdiction or personal jurisdiction refers to the court’s power to bind the parties to the action. If jurisdiction is not found the case must be dismissed but can be re-filed in a court that does have jurisdiction. State court jurisdiction is governed by the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution and the federal court’s jurisdiction is determined by the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution. Extensive Supreme Court case law determines the issue of jurisdiction.
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