Duhaime's Law Dictionary

Plea to the Jurisdiction Definition:

A preliminary challenge to a court's authority to decide the action before it.

Related Terms: Dilatory Plea, Jurisdiction

Justice George Hanks of the Court of Appeals of Texas wrote, in City of Houston v Buttitia:

"A plea to the jurisdiction is a dilatory plea by which a party challenges a court's authority to determine the subject matter of the action."


Categories & Topics:

Always looking up definitions? Save time with our search provider (modern browsers only)

If you find an error or omission in Duhaime's Law Dictionary, or if you have suggestion for a legal term, we'd love to hear from you!