Justices of the Peace are endorsed by the Town Committees
For a short period, unaffiliated voters are allowed to apply to become a Justice. Justices must then come into the Town Clerk’s Office to be sworn in and to prepare a signature card for filing. This card shows not only their legal signature but shows their term of office. The Town Clerk prepares a list of Justices which may be given to applicants for marriage licenses. A handbook is given to the Justice. This book shows what duties they may perform and also contains a few samples of marriage ceremonies. This office maintains a separate list of Justices of the Peace who will perform marriages or civil unions.