Tuesday, August 02, 2016
Any Westport voter interested in becoming a Justice of the Peace (JP) and who is not enrolled as affiliated with a major political party can now apply, Town Clerk Patricia Strauss announced today.
She encouraged them to contact the Office of the Town Clerk to apply now through Nov. 1.
The term of office for new JPs, who can perform weddings, take depositions and administer oaths, will be four years commencing Jan. 2, Strauss said.
Applications are available weekdays in her office from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., she added.
Strauss said that unaffiliated, incumbent JPs or minor party member voters have already been contacted and should return the applications. Currently, there are 18 incumbent JPs.
“To be eligible, a voter must have been an unaffiliated or a minor party member voter since May 1 of this year,” said Strauss.
She said that registered Democrats and Republicans must be named by their respective parties and cannot now become unaffiliated to apply as an unaffiliated JP.
The Republican and Democratic parties have chosen their lists of JPs. All will take office Jan. 2 for a four-year term ending Jan. 4, 2021.
Strauss said state statute stipulates a total of 20 unaffiliated JPs.
“If there are no more than 20 applicants, the Town Clerk is empowered to appoint all of them to the post of Justice of the Peace,” she said.
If there be more than 20 applicants, the Town Clerk is required to select 20 unaffiliated or minor party member JPs by lottery no later than Nov. 2
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