March 21, 2016

Justice of the Peace Selection and Duties

OLR Report 2016-R-0004 describes the process by which justices of the peace are selected and their duties.

In Connecticut, the process for selecting a justice of the peace is prescribed by statute (CGS §§ 9-183a, et. seq.).  By law, two-thirds are selected by major political parties and the remaining third of the positions are reserved for electors who are not members of the major parties.

The duties of a justice of the peace are also prescribed by statute.  These include administering oaths, acknowledging certain legal documents, and issuing tax warrants.

For more information, read the full report here.