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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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The judges of the Supreme Court and justices of the peace seem also to be removable by the legislature; and the executive power of pardoning in certain cases, to be referred to the same department.
It gives to the latter, also, the appointment of the members of the judiciary department, including even justices of the peace and sheriffs; and the appointment of officers in the executive department, down to captains in the army and navy of the State.
Even justices of the peace are to be appointed by the legislature.
No one ever spoke to her so but the justices of the peace who tried her for trying to get out of a house of ill-fame.
We were to be fitted for practice in the courts, not only by our reading, but by a season of pettifogging before justices of the peace, which I looked forward to with no small shrinking of my shy spirit; but what really troubled me most, and was always the grain of sand between my teeth, was Blackstone's confession of his own original preference for literature, and his perception that the law was "a jealous mistress," who would suffer no rival in his affections.
It chanced at that moment, that the justices of the peace for Middlesex proclaimed by public placard that they stood in need of a female turnkey for the County Bridewell, and appointed a day and hour for the inspection of candidates.
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The complaint has been filed with the Justices of the Peace Review Council, requesting that McNally be removed from his position.
The primary bodies of sources consulted for this study are the popular legal guidebooks written for justices of the peace that proliferated in the 150 years following the Glorious Revolution.
In Texas, the coroner's role falls to the 817 elected justices of the peace.
A victory not just for common sense, but all the magistrates and Justices of the Peace who fought for it.
significant is his sense that the justices of the peace served at his