justice of the peace


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justice of the peace

n. pl. justices of the peace Abbr. JP
An official, especially one associated with a town or county, with judicial power over certain civil cases involving small amounts of damages and certain criminal cases involving minor offenses, as well as exercising other limited powers, such as the power to perform marriages and to authorize arrests.

justice of the peace

n
1. (Law) (in Britain) a lay magistrate, appointed by the crown or acting ex officio, whose function is to preserve the peace in his or her area, try summarily such cases as are within his or her jurisdiction, and perform miscellaneous administrative duties
2. (Law) (in Australia and New Zealand) a person authorised to administer oaths, attest instruments, and take declarations

jus′tice of the peace′


n.
a local public officer having authority to try minor civil and criminal cases, administer oaths, solemnize marriages, etc.
[1325–75]

justice of the peace

A magistrate empowered to try some minor cases and administer oaths.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.justice of the peace - a local magistrate with limited powers
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
magistrate - a lay judge or civil authority who administers the law (especially one who conducts a court dealing with minor offenses)

justice of the peace

noun
A public official who decides cases brought before a court of law in order to administer justice:
Translations

Justice of the Peace

n (Brit) → giudice m di pace
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I mean no disparagement to the excellent voyager (I honor him for a veteran), but in so important a matter it was certainly an oversight not to have procured for every crystal a sworn affidavit taken before a Greenland Justice of the Peace.
After a silence the justice of the peace informed Wilson that he and Buckstone and the constable had come as a committee, on the part of the Democratic party, to ask him to run for mayor--for the little town was about to become a city and the first charter election was approaching.
Inquire for the nearest justice of the peace, and place the privacy of Windygates under the protection of the law.
And the next afternoon, at five, she and Billy were to go before a justice of the peace and be married.
He advised Jake to ride to town tomorrow, go to a justice of the peace, tell him he had knocked young Shimerda down, and pay his fine.
Before he left Stratford he wrote nothing unless it may have been a few scoffing verses against the Justice of the Peace who punished him for poaching.
Some rushed off to spread the news and tell the justice of the peace and have an inquest, and me and Tom lit out for the house.
And didn't the sovereign people elect him Justice of the Peace to get even on the gospelers?
He hurried before a justice of the peace, accompanied by Stangerson, who had become his private secretary, and represented to him that they were in danger of their lives from the jealousy and hatred of an old rival.
or, as he was now called, from the circumstance of having received the commission of a justice of the peace, Squire Doolittle, was again put in requisition; and the science of Mr.
Quite early in life he wedded a stout, rosy, buxom lass, the very antithesis of his first love; he prospered in his undertakings, raised a large and respectable family, and was eventually appointed a Justice of the Peace.
At the same time he felt bound to tell him that they would require his attendance, presently, before a justice of the peace, and that in what he did or said, he was guided entirely by his own discretion.

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