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Jurisdiction Jurisdiction is the authority of the court to hear and make a judgment on the case held before it Personal jurisdiction is the authority over the plaintiff and the defendant in the case while subject-matter jurisdiction is the right to make judgment in the context of the case In both cases discussed in this essay Ezell vs Bowen and in Sherburne County Department of Social Services vs Kennedy jurisdiction is a major element of dispute In the case of Ezell vs Bowen subject-matter jurisdiction was an object of dispute Sheryl Ezell felt that her equal protection was denied as well as her due process when she was disqualified from being allowed to return to work Having pled guilty to felony charges related to her job she was first suspended and then in a review by the Social Security Administrations Appeals Court she was fired She attempted to reverse this decision in a district court by claiming that the laws governing this action were unconstitutionally vague Unfortunately for Ms Ezell the courts denied her appeals on the grounds that they had no jurisdiction In cases where there is a court designed specifically for the subject at hand general jurisdiction courts have no subject-matter Such is the case here Section 205h of the Social Security Act prevents the higher courts from reviewing her case due to the chain of events that preceded her disqualification The Secretarys decision in this case is so well backed that the Appeals courts do not find any reason for review of his actions In the case of Sherburne County Department of Social Services vs Kennedy the matter of personal jurisdiction is in dispute Kevin Kennedy is being sued by the Sherburne County DSS in a paternity suit on behalf of Ms Jean Pouloit In several isolated incidents Mr Kennedy and Ms Puoliot have engaged in intercourse the most recent of which may have resulted in the birth of her
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