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The power, authority, and ability of a judge to determine a particular legal matter. A judge's decision to take note of or deal with a cause.

That which is cognizable to a judge is within the scope of his or her jurisdiction. A Justice of the Peace would not have cognizance of a major criminal matter, for example.

See: appreciation, apprehension, cognition, comprehension, experience, heed, identification, insight, knowledge, notice, observation, perception, realization, reason, recognition, scienter


1 the right of a court to hear and determine a cause or matter.
2 (US) confession.
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I hope the Election Commission of India takes cognisance of the complaint on merit and has the courage to do the right thing," he added.
The draft IRP 2010 plan, which is tied to a medium-term risk mitigation (MTRM) strategy aimed at dealing with the tight reserve margin period that will prevail between now and 2016, takes cognisance of a major infrastructure investment programme currently being undertaken by Eskom as well as the potential for future developments by the utility.
It is important that the RBI takes cognisance of the condition that industry is in, and reduce interest rates to revive demand,'' CII said in a statement.