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The power, authority, and ability of a judge to determine a particular legal matter. A judge's decision to take note of or deal with a cause.

That which is cognizable to a judge is within the scope of his or her jurisdiction. A Justice of the Peace would not have cognizance of a major criminal matter, for example.

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1 the right of a court to hear and determine a cause or matter.
2 (US) confession.
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Lucknow ( Uttar Pradesh) [India], May 1 ( ANI): BSP supremo Mayawati on Wednesday accused the BJP of misusing government machinery to influence the Lok Sabha elections and questioned why the Election Commission (EC) was not taking cognisance in the matter.
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Taking cognisance of the matter, the MoCA said that the crew members who were on duty for the particular flight are being de-rostered on account of the incident.
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Taking cognisance of the matter, the Supreme Court directed the police to take strict action against those responsible for erupting violence and breaching laws.
We tried our best." The court reserved its order for March 19 on the issue of taking cognisance of the charge sheet.
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Delhi Lokayukta on September 26 had issued a notice to the Delhi government's SC/ ST corporation taking cognisance of the photographs on the loan forms.
"OPEC countries are taking cognisance of the serious issues that we are raising.