Juris-Diction

Forensic Architecture

If we divide the term jurisdiction, which connotes a territorial range over which a legal authority extends, we see that juris refers to a legal authority or right and diction refers to speech. Diction in linguistics is also defined as the manner of enunciating and uttering sounds and words, indicating not simply speech but the process of enunciation and amplification of words. From a perspective informed by the etymology of the term jurisdiction, we may see the law itself as a speech-space in which those within its range of audibility are subject to its authority. As a fundamental principle of legal governance, jurisdiction reveals to us the power of sound in the construction of the space and time of the law.

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