The Justices of the Peace Appointments Advisory Committee (JPAAC) was established in 2007 following amendments to the Justices of the Peace Act. JPAAC’s duties are to classify applicants for appointment as justices of the peace and to report those classifications to the Attorney General. Justices of the peace are appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council on the recommendation of the Attorney General.
JPAAC consists of a core committee of seven members, including a judge and a justice of the peace appointed by the Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice, a justice of the peace appointed by the Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Justice who is either the Senior Justice of the Peace Responsible for the Ontario Native Justice of the Peace Program or another justice of the peace familiar with aboriginal issues, and four members appointed by the Attorney General.
In addition, JPAAC has seven regional committees, one for each of the regions of the Ontario Court of Justice. These regional committees consist of the Regional Senior Judge and the Regional Senior Justice of the Peace or their delegates, not more than five other members appointed by the Attorney General, and a lawyer appointed by the Attorney General.
Change of Process – August 2, 2011
As a result of legislative amendments to the Justices of the Peace Act that took effect August 2, 2011, the Committee’s process has changed from an annual province-wide advertisement-based recruitment process to a vacancy-based process.
The Committee will therefore no longer be advertising annually for applications for justice of the peace positions in each region of the province. The Committee will now be advertising for applications for vacant justice of the peace positions only, upon the request of the Attorney General.
For further details on this process change, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.
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