Legislation and jurisdiction
To be effective as an investigator, you must understand legislation and jurisdiction. Federal courts have jurisdiction over both federal criminal and civil statutes as well as common law related to individuals involved in several states. State courts have jurisdiction over state statutes and common law for civil claims. Your task is the following:
- Research federal or state regulatory agency Web sites.
- Identify civil/administrative enforcement statutes.
- Provide sample statute citations and describe the statutes and available sanctions.