Bill would require Ontario JPs to have legal education

June 1, 2012

Ontario Liberal MPP David Orazietti introduced a private member's bill Thursday that would require Ontario justices of the peace (JPs) who preside over legal cases to have a recognized law degree and at least 5 years' experience practicing as a lawyer. Just 10% of Ontario's 345 full-time JPs have law degrees, Orazietti says. Currently, the minimum qualifications for JPs may include a university degree or a college diploma or 10 years of volunteer work experience, the MPP says. The proposed legislation would not impact JPs currently serving in the province. David Orazietti MPP News Release | Canadian Press