Extraterritorial Application of Penal Legislation

One of the most difficult words in the legal lexicon to delineate is the term “jurisdiction”; it is equally difficult to relate this term to the concept of “venue.” The term “jurisdiction” is constantly invoked by courts in a variety of contexts, some relating to geography, some to governmental and judicial structure, some to legislative or judicial power, some to persons, and some to procedures. Thus, it is difficult to discern a common thread of meaning or a consistent pattern of application from the cases in which the word appears.