Policies and Process

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Application Form

The Justices of the Peace Appointments Advisory Committee advertises for applications for vacant justice of the peace positions upon the request of the Attorney General.

Candidates must complete the current prescribed Justice of the Peace Appointment Application Form and submit it by e-mail as a PDF attachment to: JPAAC.Application@ontario.ca for receipt by 11:59 p.m. on the deadline date to be considered.

If an applicant is selected for an interview, they must submit proof that they meet the education requirement. An applicant will be asked to e-mail a copy of all (or the highest) post-secondary degree(s) or diploma(s) or certificate(s) earned or an official transcript (together with a certified translated copy/ies, if applicable) by a specified deadline date for submission. Failure to submit proof of the education requirement will result in the cancellation of the interview. The JPAAC strongly recommends that applicants begin compiling these transcripts and proof of post-secondary education as soon as possible, but do not send them to us until requested. If an applicant does not have any post-secondary education and completed the Equivalency portion of the application instead, they are eligible for an interview and will be exempt from providing copies of certificates and diplomas.

The only updates to an application that are permitted after the closing date of an advertised vacancy are updates to personal and/or referee contact information as well as a change in answer to question #23: Personal and Other Matters of the application form. If an applicant desires to make a change to their personal or referee contact information, the applicant must e-mail JPAAC.Info@ontario.ca with that information, specifying the name of the applicant and the specific part of the original application that is to be amended.

Candidates must provide the names and contact information of four (4) referees. No other material, including reference letters, will be considered by the Committee.

Communication with the Committee

All communication from candidates is to be made through the JPAAC Coordinator. Due to the volume of applications and queries received during an application process, communication by e-mail is preferred. The JPAAC Coordinator may be reached at JPAAC.Info@ontario.ca. It is not appropriate to contact members of the Committee at any stage of the application and evaluation process.

Review and Interview Process

Candidates may be selected for an interview based on the review and evaluation of a completed application form. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted by the Committee.

The interview panel will consist of at least three (3) Committee members, at least two of whom are members from the region of the vacancy to which the candidate is applying and another of whom is a member of the Core committee. Please note, however, that your interview panel may include up to eight (8) Committee members if all five (5) Regional and all three (3) Core committee members are present.

Language Proficiency Testing

Candidates may be required to undergo standardized language proficiency testing in the language(s) in which they indicate proficiency.

Reference Checks and Discreet Inquiries

Committee members may undertake reference checks and/or discreet inquiries as part of the process.

Classification Process

Candidates are classified as Not Recommended, Recommended or Highly Recommended.

A candidate’s classification for an advertised vacancy is valid until that vacancy is closed. Candidates will not be notified of their classification.


A candidate’s personal information will be treated by the Committee as confidential except to the extent as is necessary for the Committee to perform its duties.