JP Training

Learn how a Justice of the Peace is trained

To ensure that the services provided by the Justices of the Peace is of the highest standard, they should undergo a period of training and instructions.

The recommended topics for consideration are: 

1. Communication 

2. Problem solving

3. Decision making Having received the relevant training, the J.P. will receive a certificate of attendance as well as have his/her name included on the register of trained Justices of the Peace.

1. Communication 

Communication Terms 

Communication - The transfer and understanding of a message between two or more people.

Sender - Establishes a message, encodes the message and chooses the channel to send it.

receiver - decodes the message and provides feedback to the sender.

Barriers to effective Communication

Filtering - refers to a sender manipulating information so that it will be seen more favorably by the receiver.

Selective Perception - receivers in the communication process selectively see and hear based on their needs, motivations, experience, background, and other personal characteristics

Communicating Under Stress

Speak clearly

Be aware of the non verbal part of communicating

Think carefully about how you state things

Effective Listening

If you want to improve your listening skills, look to these behaviours as guides: 

1. Make eye contact 

2. exhibit affirmative head nods and appropriate facial expressions.

3. Avoid distracting actions or gestures

4. Ask questions

5. Paraphrase

6. Avoid interrupting the speaker

7. don’t over talk

8. Make smooth transitions between the roles of speaker and listener

2. Problem Solving Tips 

1. identify the specific problem and try to describe it in one sentence 

2. Clarify the problem

3. What are the possible causes?

4. What are the possible solutions?5. Create a detailed plan of action

3. Decision Making 

Hints for decision Making 

1. Get rid of your mental blocks 

2. Give up the notion that there is only one “right solution” to the problem/dilemma you are confronting

3. don’t fear making a mistake

4. View your problems as a normal part of life (is that possible?)

5. See yourself not as an indecisive person; but rather someone who sometimes behaves indecisively.

6. develop your intuition and logic, but listen to what your heart says (gut feeling).

7. Stop and think before you act. Stop yourself doing the first thing you think of.

8. Be specific

9. Know what your goals and your values are, the principles of your existence, before taking a major life decision. Ask yourself if the ideal outcome is in alignment with your values

10. Write down all the positive and negative factors for and against taking a particular course of action

11. Think how the decision will benefit You first. do what you and not what other people really want

12. Try to think calmly and rationally

13. do your homework and get all the facts before you make the decision

14. Get opinions and feedback from others you trust: but don’t let them make the decision for you

15. establish priorities and “soul search”. Ask yourself what are the critical factors? What is the single most important consideration?

16. Trust your impulses, your “gut-feelings”

17. don’t take your decision too seriously; nothing is that important, no matter how much it appears like that to you. remember, no decision is irreversible

18. Look for opportunities in any decision. Each ”mistake” is an opportunity to learn

19. Accept total responsibility for your decisions. responsibility is not Blame – so don’t blame others for putting yourself in this predicament

20. Change course if your strategy is not working - the quality of your life is at stake

21. Be prepared to take a few risks in life. Look out for opportunities

22. Look ahead to the future - the past is already gone. See the path ahead as an adventure into the unknown and time for challenge.


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