Nova Scotia seeks new wave of justices of the peace for civil weddings

Courtesy: CBC New
Nova Scotians who want to marry outside the church should soon have no problem finding someone to help them say, “I do.” For the first time in about 10 years, the Department of Justice has put out a province-wide call for people who want to become justices of the peace to preside over civil weddings.
Peter James is a director of court services who is responsible for the administrative justice of the peace program with respect to civil weddings. James says there are 103 justices of the peace to preside over about 2,500 civil weddings a year in the province. “So there was a demand, and people were having difficulty tracking people down to do civil weddings, so we thought now is the time to do this,” James said.

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