JPs- what can you do for the courts?

JUSTICES of the Peace are being told not to ask what the courts can do for them, but what they can do for the courts.

A four-year, $3.5 million pilot program for Maroochydore, Ipswich, Southport, Brisbane and Townsville will use JPs to help solve smaller-scale disputes in a way that delivers "swift and fair justice".

It is to begin in early 2013.

Queensland Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said these JPs would work on behalf of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, with the hope of reducing a long list of claims.

Speaking at the Queensland Justices Association annual state conference, Mr Bleijie said there was greater scope to use the knowledge of JPs

"There are currently 80,000 JPs in Queensland who make a valuable contribution to our community and our justice system," Mr Bleijie said.

"The pilot program will utilise the skills of JP (Magistrates Court) and JP (Qual) to come up with common sense solutions to minor civil disputes of less than $3000 in QCAT."

From October 29, JPs can register their interest online here.