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Skills, Abilities and Personal Characteristics Desired in a Justice of the Peace

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Skills and Abilities

  • Diverse life skills, experience and/or education that enhance and enable the work of a justice of the peace

Decision Making

  • Ability to make sound, practical and timely judgments
  • Highly developed intellectual, analytical, and decision-making skills
  • Ability to keep an open mind while hearing all sides of an argument
  • Ability to remain impartial and to demonstrate good judgement, including in the face of actual and/or perceived conflict of interest


  • Superior active listening skills
  • Superior written and oral communication skills in English and, where applicable, in French
  • A skilled communicator in addressing diverse groups of people in large and small group settings
  • Superior interpersonal skills, including the ability to conduct oneself in a dignified and judicious manner

Professional Skills

  • Ability and willingness to learn
  • Intermediate to advanced computer skills
  • Ability and willingness to travel as required
  • Ability to work independently without supervision, and effectively manage a heavy workload
  • Ability to work at a fast pace while also handling the stress, pressure, and isolation of judicial role

Personal Characteristics


  • Keen interest in people and humanity, including cross-cultural experience and engagement
  • A demonstrated commitment to community service
  • Awareness of and an interest in regional and social issues that give rise to cases coming before the courts


  • Compassion, empathy, and respect for the essential dignity of all persons
  • Courtesy
  • Patience
  • Moral courage and high ethics
  • A reputation for honesty, integrity and fairness
  • Strong, dignified interpersonal skills that command authority
  • Confidence, with an absence of pomposity and authoritarian tendencies


  • Work ethic, understanding and experience applicable to the base court to which the justice of the peace is assigned
  • Punctual, reliable, well prepared and organized
  • Not involved in serious and/or unresolved criminal charges, professional complaints/claims, civil actions or financial claims including proposals to creditors or family support arrears, bankruptcy or matters with the Canada Revenue Agency