Cognovit Actionem

Cognovit Actionem

[Latin, He has confessed the action.] The written confession made by a defendant admitting the merits of the action brought against him or her by a plaintiff. The confession is usually based upon designated conditions, given in court, and impliedly empowers the plaintiff's attorney to sign judgment and issue execution for its enforcement.

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Cognovit Note.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.