Also called the amount in controversy. A minimum monetary value of a claim that must be met in order for a court to have jurisdiction over that claim. For example, in federal court diversity jurisdiction cases, the jurisdictional amount is $75,000.
Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
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.
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:18 pm