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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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New Delhi [India], Jan 3 ( ANI ): Taking cognisance of the costs pertaining to finance, energy and logistics/transportation in the consumer electronics sector, apex industry body ASSOCHAM recommended the Union Government to allow weighted deduction of 150-200 per cent of the actual cost on specified components.
New Delhi [India], Dec 29 ( ANI ): Taking cognisance of the recent rising popularity of investing in virtual currencies (VCs) like Bitcoins, the Ministry of Finance issued a statement on Friday, cautioning investors regarding risks of dealing with cryptocurrencies.
The ED registered the case against him after taking cognisance of the case filed by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against the pharma firm, its directors and several other persons in connection with the alleged bank fraud case.
The matter has been posted for February 24 for taking cognisance on the final report.
Taking cognisance of the incident, Minister of State for School Education Deepak Joshi has said that they have asked a report to be submitted.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Kuldip Singh had passed an order banning the putting up of such notices on the premises of a temple after taking cognisance of media reports about it.
Summary: New York [USA], Dec 21 (ANI): Taking cognisance of the mushrooming menace of terrorism across the world, India, in a veiled attack, chastised Pakistan and China for mainstreaming and supporting world-recognised terrorists.
Singhvi, which on November 13 had stayed the demolition of the unauthorised flats by taking cognisance of media reports, said it had taken the humanitarian ground into consideration to extend the date of demolition May 31, 2014 as the Attorney General had sought time to come out with a specific proposal for permanent solution.
Taking cognisance of the matter, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said that the accused passenger would be put on the no-fly list if the allegations were found to be true.
Taking cognisance of the matter, Jehanabad District Magistrate Mohd Sohail asked the SDO in charge, Ravindra Kumar, to inquire into the matter on Thursday.
Summary: Ranchi (Jharkhand) [India], Dec 10 (ANI): Taking cognisance of Zaira Wasim's recent revelations, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha on Sunday said that the passenger, who allegedly molested her on a flight, will be put on the no-fly list if the allegations are found to be true.
Saini, while summoning these accused for April 11 after taking cognisance of the charge sheet, had also asked Ruia, Bharti Airtel chairman Sunil Mittal and Ghosh ( the then- managing director of Hutchison Max Telecom Pvt Ltd) to appear before it.