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A person charged with the management or direction of a board, a court, or a government agency.

A commissioner has the power and responsibility to administer laws or rules that relate to a specific subject matter over which he or she has authority. Generally, he or she is appointed specially, as in the case of a commissioner of court.

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


2 a lawyer in Scotland appointed to take evidence out of court.
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COMMISSIONER, officer. One who has a lawful commission to execute a public office. In a more restricted sense it is one who is authorized to execute. a particular duty, as, commissioner of the revenue, canal commissioner. The term when used in this latter sense is not applied, for example, to a judge. There are commissioners, too, who have no regular commissions and derive their author from the elections held by the people. County commissioners, in Pennsylvania, are officers of the latter kind.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Lending its voice on the 2019 elections in the senatorial district, Comr. Edema stressed that after several consultations with different interest groups and critical stakeholders, the association cannot deny the fact that amongst the four Itsekiri candidates gearing to represent the district, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan stands a better chance to wrest power from the incumbent senator who has underperformed.
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