JUSTICE OF THE PEACE

justice of the peace. A local judicial officer having jurisdiction over minor criminal offenses and minor civil disputes, and authority to perform routine civil functions (such as administering oaths and performing marriage ceremonies). — Abbr. J.P. Cf. MAGISTRATE(3). [Cases: Justices of the Peace 1, 31. C.J.S. Justices of the Peace §§ 1, 26, 47.]