Territoriality Test


Territorial jurisdiction refers to the concept that a single jurisdiction is governed by an entity that can only hold those residing therein accountable for following specific laws.  There are two conditions that must be satisfied before the strict view of territoriality in relation to personal jurisdiction can be exercised.  They are:

  • The defendant or property in dispute is located in the state where the suit is filed.
  • The defendant is served with process in the state or property is seized by the state authorities.