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justice of the peace Syllabification: jus·tice of the peace

Definition of justice of the peace in English:


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