/ko(g)nazabal/ Capable of being tried or examined before a designated tribunal; within jurisdiction of court or power given to court to adjudicate controversy. Samuel Goldwyn, Inc. v. United Artists Corporation, C.C.A.Del., 113 F.2d 703, 707.
In criminal law, for a group to be "cognizable" so as to render jury selection process which excludes such group unconstitutional, the group must have a definite composition. Wilkins v. State, 16 Md.App. 587, 300 A.2d 411, 415.
The defendant must show that the group is defined and limited by some factor, that a common thread or basic similarity in attitude or ideas or experience runs through the group, and that there is a community of interest among members of the group such that the group's interests cannot be adequately represented if the group is excluded from the jury selection process. U.S. v. Gruberg, D.C.N.Y., 493 F.Supp. 234, 245

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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  • cognizable — (Amer.) cog·ni·za·ble || kÉ’gnɪzÉ™bl adj. capable of being known, recognizable, knowable; (Law) able to be tried in a court of law (also cognisable) …   English contemporary dictionary

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