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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)
a person who is not a lawyer but who acts as a judge in local law courts and, in the US, can marry people
(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/
(Definition of justice of the peace from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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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)
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