Justice of the Peace

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Meaning of Justice Of The Peace

A public officer connected with a judicial department of the state government who has both judicial and administrative powers. Justices of the peace are generally elected by the people of the town or district but in some jurisdictions they may be appointed as well. Also, while his court is considered to be a court of record in some jurisdictions, in others they are not. Generally, the jurisdiction of a Justice of the Peace extends to small causes with a maximum dollar value prescribed by statute in civil cases. His jurisdiction is strictly derived from constitutional or statutory provisions. His jurisdiction in criminal matters is generally limited to minor offenses.

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Justice of the peace in Law Enforcement

Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of justice of the peace.

Meaning of Justice of the Peace in Spanish

Description/ translation of justice of the peace into Spanish: juez de paz (juez lego adscrito a un tribunal competente para el enjuiciamiento de faltas y delitos menos graves); juez (lego o profesional adscrito a un órgano jurisdiccional competente para decretar la inculpación formal de un imputado y para imponerle, en su caso, las medidas cautelares apropiadas); la expresión es en general equivalente a Magistrate[1]

Note: for more information on related terms and on the area of law where justice of the peace belongs (criminal procedure law), in Spanish, see here.

Notes and References

  1. Translation of Justice of the Peace published by Antonio Peñaranda


See Also

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Police Work
  • Law Enforcement Agency

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