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COGNISANCE, pleading. Where the defendant in an action of replevin (not being entitled to the distress or goods which are the subject of the replevin) acknowledges the taking of the distress, and insists that such taking was legal, not because he himself had a right to distrain on his own account, but because he made the distress by the command of another, who had a right to distrain on the goods which are the subject of the suit. Lawes on Pl. 35, 36; 4 Bouv. Inst. n. 3571.

COGNISANCE, practice. Sometimes signifies jurisdiction and judicial power, an sometimes the hearing of a matter judicially. It is a term used in the acknowledgment of a fine. See Vaughan's Rep. 207.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Metropolitan magistrate Navita Kumari took cognisance of the complaint filed by Ahluwalia against Jindal, his firm JSPL and 14 of its officials and posted the matter for recording of pre- summoning evidence on March 8.
Asking a trial court to take cognisance of the chargesheet, public prosecutor Rajiv Mohan said, " The accused burned their clothes and the clothes of the victims but we have secured the burnt clothes.
Summary: Kolkata (West Bengal) [India], May 10 (ANI): West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights (WBCPCR) has taken cognisance of a complaint against BJP candidate from Diamond Harbour constituency, Nilanjan Roy, who has been allegedly accused of sexually assaulting a minor girl in South 24 Parganas.
ADELHI court on Thursday took cognisance of a criminal defamation complaint filed against Congress MP Naveen Jindal and 16 officials of his firm Jindal Steel and Power Ltd ( JSPL) by Zee News editor Sudhir Chaudhary.
Summary: New Delhi [India], May 09 (ANI): The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday took suo motu cognisance of a case where a woman was allegedly gang-raped by five men while her husband was beaten up by a group of five men in Thanagaji area of Alwar district in Rajasthan on April 26.
Metropolitan Magistrate Jay Thareja heard the brief arguments advanced by Chaudhary's counsel Vijay Aggarwal and posted the matter for January 3 for passing order on the issue of taking cognisance of the complaint.
Summary: New Delhi [India], Aug 28 (ANI): A group of Supreme Court lawyers on Wednesday filed a petition to Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi urging him to take suo moto cognisance of media reports that a law student from SS Law College in Uttar Pradesh's Shahjahanpur has gone missing from her college hostel.
The court took cognisance of the statement under Section 500 of the Indian Penal Code, which relates to defamation.
Patna: A remark made against the Muslim community by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and federal minister Giriraj Singh has triggered revolt within the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) with at least two of its allies objecting strongly to such comments and asking the Election Commission to take cognisance of them.
The ED said that it filed a case of money laundering in this regard after taking cognisance of a charge-sheet filed against Syed Salahuddin, Muhammad Shafi Shah and others.
ISLAMABAD -- Submitting an application to become a party in the National Accountability Bureau's (NAB) case against Islamabad High Court verdict suspending the sentences of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter and son-in-law, an accused facing NAB proceedings has requested the Supreme Court's larger bench to adjudicate a question whether the bureau may take cognisance, investigate and file reference on matters pending before the superior or trial courts.