Definition of Justice of the Peace

1. Noun. A local magistrate with limited powers.

Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Generic synonyms: Magistrate

Definition of Justice of the Peace

1. Noun. A judicial officer. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Justice Of The Peace

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Literary usage of Justice of the Peace

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1889)
"One who is in custody on a warrant from a justice of the peace for perjury In giving his deposition betöre a notary public, as a witness in a case of a ..."

2. Commentaries on the Laws of England: In Four Books by William Blackstone, George Sharswood, Barron Field (1867)
"432. 1 Moore, 294. 16 Eut, 13. 7 TR 633. n. (37) A justice of the peace acts ministerially or judicially. ..."

3. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1920)
"96, § 4, which confers jurisdiction thereof on the justice of the peace, is not an action on contract or one in which any property is involved, ..."

4. The Federal and State Constitutions: Colonial Charters, and Other Organic by Francis N. Thorpe, United States (1909)
"The civil jurisdiction of a justice of the peace shall extend to the actions of assumpsit, debt, detinue and trover, if the amount claimed ..."

5. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"... by a judge of any court of record, by a justice of the peace, by any superintendent of any public institution for the education of the deaf and dumb, ..."

6. Dictionary of National Biography: From the Earliest Times to 1900 by George Smith, Leslie Stephen, Sidney Lee (1897)
"'Justice of the Peace !,. ,,r the Law of Tithes, Lon- net,' 16.54, 8vo. 11. 'The • ,,;-,). uo; 2nd ed. 1070. 12. 'The ,vT \V. Williame, 1825,8vo. 13. ..."

7. Select Documents of English Constitutional History by George Burton Adams, Henry Morse Stephens (1906)
"English Constitutional Documents 178. The Oath of a Justice of the Peace (1581. Prothero, 149, 150.) YE shall swear that, as justice ..."

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