Unlike a court of general jurisdiction, a court of limited jurisdiction presumed itself to lack jurisdiction unless the plaintiff specifically demonstrated otherwise.
The rule that a plaintiff had to specifically show in the initial pleading that a court of limited jurisdiction had jurisdiction applied to any kind of jurisdictional limitation.
Procedurally, there were various ways in which a court could come to determine that a court of limited jurisdiction lacked jurisdiction over a case.
Just as a plaintiff bringing an original action in a court of limited jurisdiction had to demonstrate in the original pleading that the court had jurisdiction, an aggrieved party seeking review in the Privy Council had to demonstrate that the amount in controversy sufficed to satisfy amount-in-controversy limitations.
When a plaintiff brought an original proceeding in a court of limited jurisdiction, the plaintiff had the burden of demonstrating facts sufficient to show that the court had jurisdiction.
239) He argued, rather, that a United States circuit court is not an inferior court or otherwise a court of limited jurisdiction, but "a court of general jurisdiction, having some cases expressly excepted from its cognizance.