justices of the peace


justices of the peace
See justice of the peace.

Ballentine's law dictionary. . 1998.

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  • Justices of the Peace —    See Magistrates …   The makers of Canada

  • justices of the sessions — Two or more justices of the peace who preside at the English sessions of the peace, for the execution of the authority given them by their commission and certain acts of Parliament. People v Powell (NY) 14 Abb Pr 91, 93 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Justice of the Peace — Justices of the Peace 1) N COUNT In Britain, a Justice of the Peace is a person who is not a lawyer but who can act as a judge in a local criminal law court. The abbreviation JP is also used. Syn: magistrate 2) N COUNT In some states in the… …   English dictionary

  • Justice of the Peace — A Justice of the Peace (JP) is a puisne judicial officer appointed by means of a commission to keep the peace. Depending on the jurisdiction, they might dispense summary justice and deal with local administrative applications in common law… …   Wikipedia

  • Justice of the peace — A justice of the peace (JP) is a puisne judicial officer elected or appointed by means of a commission (letters patent) to keep the peace. Depending on the jurisdiction, they might dispense summary justice or merely deal with local administrative …   Wikipedia

  • Clerk of the Peace — A clerk of the peace held an office in England and Wales whose responsibility was the records of the Quarter Sessions and the framing of presentments and indictments. They had legal training, so that they could advise justices of the peace.… …   Wikipedia

  • justice of the peace — a local public officer, usually having jurisdiction to try and determine minor civil and criminal cases and to hold preliminary examinations of persons accused of more serious crimes, and having authority to administer oaths, solemnize marriages …   Universalium

  • justice of the peace — noun a local magistrate with limited powers (Freq. 1) • Topics: ↑law, ↑jurisprudence • Hypernyms: ↑magistrate * * * noun, pl justices of the peace [count] : a local official who has the power to decide minor legal cases and in the U.S. to perform …   Useful english dictionary

  • justice of the peace — justice of the peace: a local judicial official who is empowered chiefly to administer oaths, perform marriage ceremonies, certify documents, and in some states may have additional judicial powers (as to issue summonses) Merriam Webster’s… …   Law dictionary

  • Justice of the Peace — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms Justice of the Peace : singular Justice of the Peace plural Justices of the Peace an official similar to a judge who works in the lower courts. Justices of the Peace are often simply called JPs …   English dictionary


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