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Cognizance

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

cognizance

1 the right of a court to hear and determine a cause or matter.
2 (US) confession.
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Cabinet also took cognisance of the fact that, currently more than 95% of the education budget is allocated to expenditure and only 8% to capital development and directed that the ministry increase the development budget to 20% of the education sector by rationalising the structure and eliminating inefficiencies and wastages," Iyambo concluded.
M AIL T ODAY on Monday was the first to report the incident after which the Delhi government's food department also took cognisance of the report and decided to intervene in the matter.
The court had earlier took cognisance of the chargesheet against the five accused under Sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 376 (2)(g) (gang rape), 377 (unnatural offences), 395 (dacoity), 396 (murder in dacoity), 394 (hurting in dacoity), 201 (destruction of evidence), 120-B (conspiracy), 34 (common intention) and 412 (dishonestly receiving stolen property) of the IPC.
Khurshid and his wife Louise who is a Congress candidate from Farrukhabad constituency of the state have already been served notices by the Election Commission, which took cognisance of the BJP complaint that the minister's announcement was unconstitutional and violation of the model code of conduct.
The human rights panel took cognisance of the case and carried out an inquiry wherein it found many loopholes.
The court yesterday took cognisance of the chargesheet against the five accused under Sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 376 (2)(g) (gang rape), 377 (unnatural offences), 395 (dacoity), 396 (murder in dacoity), 394 (hurting in dacoity), 201 (destruction of evidence), 120-B (conspiracy), 34 (common intention) and 412 (dishonestly receiving stolen property) of the IPC.
Dhaka A special Bangladeshi tribunal yesterday took cognisance of charges relating to crimes against humanity against Gulam Azam, described as a EoACAykey collaborator' of the then Pakistani junta during the 1971 liberation war and ordered his appearance to face trial.
A DELHI court on Friday took cognisance of a complaint against Som Dutt, AAP MLA from Sadar Bazar, after BJP candidate Praveen Jain alleged that Dutt had filed incorrect information about his dependents in the affidavit while contesting Delhi Assembly elections of 2015.