Cognisance of pleas

COGNISANCE OF PLEAS, Eng. law. A privilege granted by the king to a city or town, to hold pleas within the same; and when any one is impleaded in the courts at Westminster, the owner of the franchise may demand cognisance of the plea. T. de la Ley.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.