Cognovit


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COGNOVIT, contr. leading. A written confession of an action by a defendant, subscribed but not sealed, and authorizing the plaintiff to sign judgment and issue execution, usually for a sum named.
     2. It is given after the action is brought to save expense.
     3. It differs from a warrant of attorney, which is given before the commencement of any action, and is under seal. A cognovit actionem is an acknowledgment and confession of the plaintiff's cause of action against the defendant to be just and true. Vide 3 Ch. Pr. 664; 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 8299.

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Overmyer was an Ohio case involving a cognovit note, an "ancient legal device by which the debtor consents in advance to the holder's obtaining a judgment without notice or hearing, and possibly even with the appearance, on the debtor's behalf, of an attorney designated by the holder." (93) Unlike other states at that time, (94) Ohio law permitted cognovits.
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This is shown once by proper names, in Genesis 967 Adames and Euan aforan, where the mention of both names is perhaps prompted by Genesis 4.1 Adam vero cognovit Havam uxorem suam.
* If state law permits, include a "confession of judgment" or "cognovit" cause whereby, at least in an eviction proceeding, the landlord unilaterally can obtain judgment against the tenant upon default, thereby minimizing the delays otherwise involved in an eviction proceeding.