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Hi,

Can you explain the difference between under the jurisdiction of and under the authority of ?
Can they be used interchangeably?

Thank you.
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Hello,

In my opinion they are not quite the same. Nevertheless they can, in most cases, be used interchangeably due to the fact that both share the same characteristic - the "power" being in an individual / organization and the fact that it can be, if necessary, administered.

Jurisdiction is the practical authority granted to a formally constituted legal body or to a political leader to deal with and make pronouncements on legal matters and, by implication, to administer justice within a defined area of responsibility.

Authority is a right conferred by recognized social position. Authority often refers to power vested in an individual or organization by the state. Authority can also refer to recognized expertise in an area of academic knowledge.

P.S: Definitions by Wikipedia

But what is everyone's opinion on this?
Hi,

Jurisdiction focuses more on legal aspects,
eg A judge in France has no jurisdiction in Canada.

Authority deals with the power to make you obey
eg A policeman has authority to make you obey the speed limit...

Clive
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Thank both of you.

Can a school exercise authority over the students? Can I use jurisdiction?

How about a company over its employees?

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Hi,

'Jurisdiction' sounds odd in both cases. The normal term is 'authority'.

But note that such authority is not absolute. In schools, for example., at least in Canada, teachers are in broad terms forbidden to lay hands on students.

Clive
Thank you.

Yes, the same rule applies to teachers here.

It seems to me that "jurisdiction" often implies government or other state agencies.
Is that right?

In total, there are about 4,000 elementary schools and 900 secondary schools, each under the jurisdiction of a district school board.
In the sentence above, is "district school board" a governmental department?

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Hi,

Yes, the same rule applies to teachers here.

It seems to me that "jurisdiction" often implies government or other state agencies.
Is that right? Yes. Or the courts.

In total, there are about 4,000 elementary schools and 900 secondary schools, each under the jurisdiction of a district school board.
In the sentence above, is "district school board" a governmental department?
I work for a district school board. It exists, and is regulated by the government, through legislation. And it is controlled by publicly-elected trustees. So I'd say it is indeed a part of the government structure.
I'd agree that the board and the trustees have jurisdiction, but I'd say that the teachers in each school have authority.

Clive
Thank you very much.
It helps me greatly.