Court Services Justices of the Peace

Court Services justices of the peace (CSJPs) work in court registries throughout the province. In addition to their justice of the peace duties assigned by the Chief Judge, they hold various administrative positions in the Court Services branch of the Ministry of Justice, including Court Manager, Court Administrator, and Court Clerk.

The duties assigned to CSJPs by the Chief Judge underwent significant changes in April 2001, as a result of court decisions about judicial independence and legislative amendments. The main change was the transfer of contested bail hearings and search warrants from CSJPs to judicial justices.

CSJPs now swear informations and issue summonses and warrants of arrest, do remands, and handle uncontested bail. They also approve sureties, perfect bail, decide on the detention of seized property, and perform a variety of related duties.