Ordinary Legal Meaning and Definition

Here is a simplified definition of the legal term Ordinary.

Ordinary (adjective)

  1. Refers to what is normal or usual; the regular or customary condition or course of things.
  2. In legal context, it especially refers to regular or routine jurisdiction (the power or right to make judgments about the law), such as the power of a judge in the daily proceedings of court.

Example: The judge exercised his ordinary jurisdiction to rule on motions being made in court.