At the request of the Attorney General and in accordance with the Justices of the Peace Act (www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/90j04), the Justices of the Peace Appointments Advisory Committee invites applications for vacant Justice of the Peace positions in the Province of Ontario in the following court locations:
Sioux Lookout (Indigenous-1)
St. Catharines (4)
St. Catharines (Indigenous-2)
Thunder Bay (1)
Thunder Bay (Indigenous-1)
A Justice of the Peace is an independent judicial officer who presides in court over various proceedings under federal and provincial statutes. This is a full-time appointment that requires travel within the province.
Webinar: Learn how to apply to become a Justice of the Peace
This webinar will explain the position and the application process, including what to expect during the classification process.
The Justices of the Peace Appointments Advisory Committee will hold the webinar April 18, 2023, from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m., via Microsoft Teams live events.
Register through Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/webinar-learn-how-to-apply-to-become-a-justice-of-the-peace-tickets-587687849177) by 4:00 p.m. on April 14, 2023, and you will receive a link.
If you do not receive the attendee link by 5:00 p.m., April 17, 2023, contact [email protected].
There will be an opportunity to submit questions during the webinar.
A recording and transcripts will also be available here (https://www.ontariocourts.ca/ocj/jpaac/frequently-asked-questions/) after the webinar.
Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as set out in the Justices of the Peace Act (https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/90j04). Candidates must have at least 10 years of paid or volunteer experience, and:
- have a university degree;
- have a diploma or advanced diploma granted by a college of applied arts and technology or a community college following completion of a program that is the equivalent in class hours of a full-time program or of at least four academic semesters;
- have a degree from an institution, other than a university, that is authorized to grant the degree; or
- meet the educational equivalency requirement set out in s.2(1.3) of the Justices of the Peace Act (https://www.ontario.ca/laws/statute/90j04).
More information about the qualifications to become a justice of the peace can be found here (https://www.ontariocourts.ca/ocj/jpaac/qualifications/).
In addition to reflecting the diversity of the population in Ontario, applicants should also display the fundamental skills and abilities, personal characteristics and community awareness attributes set out in the Committee’s General Selection Criteria (https://www.ontariocourts.ca/ocj/jpaac/qualifications/), including:
- Skills and/or education that are clearly relevant and transferable to the work of a justice of the peace.
- Work, volunteer or other experience that is clearly relevant and transferable to the duties and responsibilities of a justice of the peace.
- An understanding of, and the skills, abilities, and personal characteristics applicable to, the vacancy (https://www.ontariocourts.ca/ocj/jpaac/base-court-description/), including the pace of court, geographic and community needs.
- Awareness and understanding of the breadth and depth of the role (https://www.ontariocourts.ca/ocj/jpaac/role/) of a justice of the peace.
- Keen interest in people and humanity, including cross-cultural experience and community engagement.
- An ability to apply superior interpersonal skills (https://www.ontariocourts.ca/ocj/jpaac/qualifications/) in the courtroom and maintain decorum in adversarial circumstances.
- A high level of achievement in the area(s) of employment and/or community service.
- Experience providing functional advice, guidance and assistance to/at multiple levels of authority.
- Ability and willingness to learn, substantiated through the candidate’s record of life-long learning.
- Demonstrated good judgment in the face of real or perceived conflict of interest.
- Proven ability and experience in making sound, practical and timely decisions with complex factors.
- Proven reputation for punctuality, reliability, organization skills and preparedness.
- Highly developed intellectual and analytical skills.
- Demonstrated flexibility and adaptability to change.
- Ability to work both co-operatively and independently.
- Ability to manage people, time and resources.
- Ability to present a clear, concise and well-written application that is reflective of the candidate’s interest and ability.
- Bilingual ability (if applicable).
For vacancies that serve large Indigenous communities (one vacancy in each of Hamilton, Ottawa, Sioux Lookout and Thunder Bay and two in St. Catharines), candidates that are Indigenous people and/or people with an in-depth understanding of Indigenous languages, history, law and communities and the issues affecting those communities are encouraged to apply.