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How to Find a Justice of the Peace

Updated March 23, 2017

A justice of the peace is a local magistrate who performs certain minor judicial matters such as marriages, oaths and preliminary hearing.

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  1. Contact your county courthouse. Ask if the county judge also serves as a justice of the peace. Although you don't need a law degree to become a justice of the peace, many judges go through the process to become one.

  2. Connect with state justice of the peace associations. Most states have a justice of the peace association that connects justices statewide and keeps them informed about their duties. State associations list locations and contact information for justices of peace in your city or area.

  3. Visit the website of the national organisation Justices of the Peace of the U.S. This organisation can direct you to your state association or help you find independent justices in your area.

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About the Author

Allison Dodge has been a writer since 2005, specializing in education, careers, health and travel. She has worked at educational institutions for more than 10 years. Dodge has a master's degree in education administration.

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