How to Address a Justice of the Peace
—-—-(Full Name), JP
—-—-Mr./Ms./etc. (Full Name)
—-—-Dear Mr./Ms./etc. (Surname):
A justice of the peace is an elected or appointed local official who can witness documents, perform marriages, and enforce local laws. The official is lower than a judge of a high court and is sometimes equivalent to a magistrate.
(1) Justices of the peace who are elected in a general election are likely addressed as The Honorable (Full Name), and identified as a Justice of the Peace on formal correspondence. However, there are many varied local traditions. You will need to check what is the preferred form of address for an elected local official: call their office and ask.
(2) Justices of the peace who use the post-nominal abbreviation JP, are not generally required to have a formal legal education in order to qualify for the official.
How to Address a Justice of the peace