JUSTICE OF THE PEACE (LAY MAGISTRATE)

A Justice of the Peace, also known as a Lay Magistrate is a person who hears criminal cases such as theft, assault, breach of the peace and road traffic offences in the local courts. Generally they are not legally qualified; however, a legally qualified person can become a Justice of the Peace, but cannot act in any proceedings in a Justice of the Peace Court (Magistrates Court) within their own judicial district.