Justice of the peace

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The lowest level of judicial officer; in most provinces justices of the peace do not require legal education.. Responsibilities are limited in criminal proceedings, especially under the YCJA, though in most provinces a justice of the peace may conduct bail hearings for youth. Responsibilities are broader, especially for adults, under provincial/territorial offence statutes (e.g., the Highway Traffic Act), including trials and sentencing for these offences.

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