As applied to courts and public officers, this term imports jurisdiction and due legal authority to deal with the particular matter in question. Mitchell v. U. S., 9 Pet. 735. 9 L. Ed. 283; Charles v. Charles. 41 Minn. 201. 42 N. W. 935

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