The Association of Justices of the Peace of Ontario

The Justice of the Peace Bench Today

The skills, abilities and personal characteristics considered essential for becoming a Justice of the Peace are:

Skills and Abilities

  • Skills, experience and/or education relevant and transferrable to the work of a justice of the peace
  • Sound practical judgment
  • A high level of achievement in the area(s) of paid or volunteer work
  • An awareness, interest in and understanding of the role of a justice of the peace
  • Strong intellectual, analytical and decision-making abilities
  • Strong listening skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English, or where applicable, in English and French
  • Ability to work independently, managing time and heavy workload without supervision
  • Ability to make sound and timely judgments
  • Ability to keep an open mind while hearing all sides of an argument
  • Capacity to handle stress, pressures and isolation of the judicial role
  • Strong, dignified interpersonal skills
  • Computer skills
  • Ability and willingness to learn
  • Ability to travel as required
  • Ability to present a clear, concise and well-written application document that is reflective of the candidate’s interest and ability
  • Bilingual ability (may be required in some base court locations)

Personal Characteristics

  • Politeness, compassion, empathy and respect for the essential dignity of all persons
  • Moral courage and high ethics
  • Patience
  • Punctuality and good regular work habits
  • A reputation for integrity and fairness
  • An absence of pomposity and authoritarian tendencies
  • Courtesy
  • Honesty
  • Reliability and preparedness
  • Not involved in serious, unresolved professional complaints/claims, civil actions or financial claims including proposals to creditors or family support arrears or bankruptcy

Community Awareness

  • Keen interest in people and humanity
  • 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