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Justice of the Peace

What is a Justice of the Peace?

A Justice of the Peace is a lay person who hears criminal cases such as theft, assault, breach of the peace and road traffic offences in the local courts.

Generally they are not legally qualified. A legally qualified person can become a Justice of the Peace, but cannot act in any proceedings in a Justice of the Peace court within their own Sheriffdom.

Justices of the Peace are appointed on the recommendation of Justice of the Peace Advisory Committees (JPACs) under procedures approved by the Scottish Government and make a vital contribution to the community.

You could become a Justice of the Peace

We need highly committed people who can make good, sound judgements.