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n. 1) a fee paid based on a percentage of the sale made by an employee or agent, as distinguished from regular payments of wages or salary. 2) a group appointed pursuant to law to conduct certain government business, especially regulation. These include from the local planning or zoning commission to the Securities and Exchange Commission or the Federal Trade Commission.

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COMMISSION, contracts, civ. law. When one undertakes, without reward, to do something for another in respect to a thing bailed. This term is frequently used synonymously with mandate. (q.v.) Ruth. Inst. 105; Halifax, Analysis of the Civil Law, 70. If the service the party undertakes to perform for another is the custody of his goods, this particular sort of, commission is called a charge.
     2. In a commission, the obligation on his part who undertakes it, is to transact the business without wages, or any other reward, and to use the same care and diligence in it, as if it were his own.
     3. By commission is also understood an act performed, opposed to omission, which is the want of performance of such an act; is, when a nuisance is created by an act of commission, it may be abated without notice; but when it arises from omission, notice to remove it must be given before it is abated. 1 Chit. Pr. 711. Vide Abatement of Nuisances; Branches; Trees.

COMMISSION, office. Persons authorized to act in a certain matter; as, such a matter was submitted, to the commission; there were several meetings before the commission. 4 B. & Cr. 850; 10 E. C. L. R. 459.

COMMISSION, crim. law. The act of perpetrating an offence. There are crimes of commission and crimes of omission.

COMMISSION, practice. An instrument issued by a court of, justice, or other competent tribunal, to authorize a person to take depositions, or do any other act by authority of such court, or tribunal, is called a commission. For a form of a commission to take. depositions, see Gresley, Eq. Ev. 72.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Porthos cast his eyes over the commission and returned it to D'Artagnan, to the great astonishment of the young man.
He described to him his interview with the cardinal, and said, for the third time drawing his commission from his pocket, "You, our friend, our intelligence, our invisible protector, accept this commission.
Keep the commission, D'Artagnan; the profession of arms suits you.
He took a quill, wrote the name of D'Artagnan in the commission, and returned it to him.
Louisiana Tells United HealthCare it Must Pay Insurance Producer Commissions
figure By MAUREEN KAKAHbr The Law Society of Kenya has gone to court to challenge President Uhuru Kenyatta's executive order which placed independent constitutional commissions under direct control of the Attorney-General and Cabinet Secretaries.LSK has sued the AG and want the executive order issued earlier this month temporarily suspended.
Commissions are made on national issues while a commission to probe allegations of rigging in four constituencies; two in Lahore, one in Sialkot and the other in Lodharan during the last general elections of 2013 and Memogate are examples from the recent past.
I must states a special thing, before I conclude the facts of these two reports, I saw a great eagerness and inquiring trend among the general public regarding these Commissions. At the same time when the Commissions were appointed, especially before the appointment of the Bond Commission, some people commented, even in Parliament that nothing had happened to previous commissions and the same fate would happen to this commission too.
BARDO (TAP) - Parliamentary commissions will be reconstituted after the change in the landscape due to the internal rift in Nidaa Tounes and the coming into being of resigning MPs' bloc Al-Horra.
19 -- The Constitutional Council headed by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has nominated chairmen and members to eight independent commissions overseeing state institutions according to the provisions of the 19th Amendment enacted in April, the Speaker's Office said.
ANKARA (CyHAN)- Parliamentary commissions remain ineffective as, along with many other obstacles, many critical questions put to institutions or persons go answered with the reason given that the answers are state or trade secrets.

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