NOTICE: The Office of Personnel and Administration is committed to processing applications for Justice of the Peace in a timely manner. In order to ensure that all applications are processed before the end of the Patrick Administration, no applications for Justice of the Peace will be accepted between November 28th, 2014 and January 8th, 2015. After January 8th, please contact the Office of the Governor for information about how to apply for a Justice of the Peace.

A Justice of the Peace is classified as a judicial officer under Chapter III of the Massachusetts Constitution. Pursuant to Chapter II, Article IX of the Constitution, Justices of the Peace are appointed by the Governor, with the advice and consent of the Executive Council. The term for a Justice of the Peace is seven years.

For more information about Justices of the Peace, please see the Frequently Asked Questions section and the Summary of Duties.