What is 'jurisdiction'? What are the ISO reciprocating jurisdictions?

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When dealing with ISO, you will hear the words ‘jurisdiction’ and ‘reciprocating jurisdiction.’

  • Jurisdiction: when a court has jurisdiction, this means that they have the right to deal with the particular application being filed. Jurisdiction also means the geographic area over which a court has legal authority.
  • ISO reciprocating jurisdiction: a province, state or country that – like Nova Scotia – has agreed to use the ISO Act

The following is a list of the other jurisdictions – like Nova Scotia – that use the ISO process AND use the regular ISO forms:

  • All of Canada, except Quebec (Quebec will be discussed in the next chapter)
  • All of the United States, including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands
  • Singapore
  • Austria
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Island of Guernsey
  • Isle of Man
  • Norway
  • Poland