Definition of justice of the peace in English:

justice of the peace

noun

  • A magistrate appointed to hear minor cases, perform marriages, grant licenses, etc., in a town, county, or other local district.

    • ‘He is a Justice of the Peace and a marriage celebrant.’
    • ‘Hannah asked her brother-in-law to go for the Justice of the Peace.’
    • ‘Or they can choose to have a secular marriage, officiated by a Justice of the Peace, without any reference to religion of any kind.’
    • ‘As a matter of fact, a Justice of the Peace hearing bad language in the streets could fine an offender on the spot.’
    • ‘He was made a Justice of the Peace in 1987, and a Knight of the Order of St John in 1988 and holds honorary degrees from the University of Salford and the University of Manchester.’
    • ‘Absent the consent of the deceased or his next-of-kin, it would require a coroner's warrant or a warrant of a Justice of the Peace to obtain and analyze body fluids of a deceased.’
    • ‘Once the matter has been referred to a Justice of the Peace, in this case, Justice of the Peace Forrest, the Justice of the Peace is in charge of the process.’
    • ‘Outside work, Robert was president of the York-based Yorkshire Gentlemen's Cricket Club, was president of the Bradford Union Club and was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1962.’
    • ‘The finding by the Justice of the Peace that the arresting officers had acted in the lawful execution of their duty was simply a finding, in effect, that there was no evidence they were not.’
    • ‘Justices of the Peace shall exercise the powers and perform the duties conferred or imposed on a Justice of the Peace by or under an Act of the Legislature or of the Parliament of Canada…’
    • ‘He also held the roles of Deputy Lieutenant of the County, Justice of the Peace, High Sheriff of North Yorkshire, and president of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.’
    • ‘He was appointed Justice of the Peace in 1962 and High Sheriff of West Yorkshire 1980-81.’
    • ‘‘He was a Justice of the Peace, a really well-known, well-respected man,’ says Logan.’
    • ‘Mrs Thompson has spent more than 80 years working tirelessly for the Blackpool community both as a Justice of the Peace and leading children's charity worker.’
    • ‘He has also served variously as governor of five Kew schools, churchwarden, Justice of the Peace and trustee of local charities.’
    • ‘A remarkable man named Reginald Scot was a Justice of the Peace in Kent, England.’
    • ‘I conclude that there is no ground to detain Mr. Kalashnikoff on the primary ground, and the learned Justice of the Peace was in error in this regard.’
    • ‘On the record before me, I find no evidence that suggests that the Justice of the Peace would not discharge her function as a trial judge fairly and impartially.’
    • ‘He was a Justice of the Peace, he was always helping people - so was Mum - but he was the one who taught me that if you respect people, by and large they respect you.’
    • ‘These must be completed and signed in the presence of a Justice of the Peace.’