Appointments Process

The Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee was formed in 1988, and the Justices of the Peace Appointments Advisory Committee, in 2007. These committees operate independently of the Ontario Court of Justice. As a convenience, information about their procedures and their work are included here.

Policies and Process

Application Form

The Justices of the Peace Appointments Advisory Committee (JPAAC) 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 following the instructions available here for receipt by 11:59 P.M. EST on Wednesday, July 31, 2024. It is strongly encouraged that applicants submit well in advance of the deadline to avoid any issues that arise with the technology or administration related to the volume of applicants received.

If applicants are selected for an interview, they will be asked to submit proof that they meet the education requirement. Applicants will be asked to email a scanned copy of their 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 until requested. If an applicant completes the equivalency portion of the application instead, they 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 #7D: Personal and Other Matters of the application form. If an applicant wishes to make a change to their personal or referee contact information, the applicant must e-mail 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 – two (2) professional and two (2) community service work.  No other material, including reference letters, will be considered by the JPAAC.

Communication with the JPAAC

All communication from candidates is to be made through the JPAAC Coordinator.  The JPAAC Coordinator may be reached at It is not appropriate to contact JPAAC members 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 JPAAC.

The interview panel will consist of at least three (3) JPAAC members – and likely more – who will be present at the interview, including judicial members of the Ontario Court of Justice as well as public members appointed by the Attorney General of Ontario.

Language Proficiency Testing

Candidates may be required to undergo standardized language proficiency testing in French, if they have applied for a designated bilingual vacancy.

Reference Checks and Discreet Inquiries

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

Classification Process

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

Candidates will not be notified about their classification.


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

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