64 Justices of the Peace (JPs) were appointed by President Halimah Yacob on 1 September 2020. This year’s ceremony to appoint the JPs was held as a virtual event, and was presided by the Presiding Judge of the State Courts, Justice Vincent Hoong.
JPs are outstanding Singaporeans who have made significant contributions in their professions, the public service, social services and the community at large.As JPs, they serve as Visiting Justices of our prisons, Court Volunteer Mediators in the State Courts, or marriage solemnisers appointed through the Registry of Marriages. They may also perform the duties of the Magistrate conferred on them by any written law. JPs are appointed by the President under Section 11 of the State Courts Act.
The 64 JPs are appointed for a term of five years commencing 1 September 2020.Of these, 43 were appointed for their first term, while 21 were re-appointed for their second or third term. The list of appointed JPs is at Annex.
46 out of the currently serving 177 JPs will retire from their appointments from 1 September 2020. With the appointment/re-appointment of the JPs today, the total number of JPs is now 173.