Meaning of “Justice of the Peace” in the English Dictionary

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"Justice of the Peace" in British English

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Justice of the Peacenoun [ C ]

uk /ˌdʒʌs.tɪs əv ðə ˈpiːs/ us /ˌdʒʌs.tɪs əv ðə ˈpiːs/ abbreviation JP

(Definition of “Justice of the Peace” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"justice of the peace" in American English

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justice of the peacenoun [ C ]

us /ˈdʒʌs·tɪs əv ðə ˈpis/

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justice of the peacenoun [ C ]

uk us abbreviation JP LAW

a magistrate who deals with less serious crimes and who, in the US, has the legal right to marry people:

In most cases involving a small amount of money, people appear before a justice of the peace and pay a fine.

(Definition of “justice of the peace” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)