Appointment of Justices of the Peace: The Provincial Government may, by
notification in the official Gazette, appoint for such period as may be ‘specified in the
notification, and subject to such’ rules as may be made-by it any person who is a citizen
of Pakistan and as to whose integrity and suitability it satisfied to be a justice of the peace
for a local area to be specified in the notification, and more than one Justice of the Peace
may be appointed for the same local area.
22-A. Powers of Justices of the Peace: A Justice on the Peace for any local area shall,
for the purpose of making an arrest have within such area all the powers of a police officer
referred to in section 54 and an officer-in-charge of a police station referred to in section
(2) A Justice of the Peace making an arrest in exercise of any powers under sub-
section (1) shall, forthwith, take or cause to be taken the person arrested before the officer
incharge of the nearest police station and furnish such officer with a report as to the
circumstances of the arrest and such officer shall thereupon re-arrest the person.
(3) A Justice of the Peace for any local area shall have powers, within such area, to
call upon any member of the police force on duty to aid him.
a) in taking or preventing the escape of any person who has participated in the
commission of any cognizable offence or against whom a reasonable
complaint has been made or credible information has been received or a
reasonable suspicion exists of his having so participated; and
b) in the prevention of crime in general and, in particular, in the prevention of a
breach of the peace or a disturbance of the public tranquillity.
(4) Where a member of the police force on duty has been called upon to render and aid
under sub-section (3), such call shall be deemed to have been made by a competent
(5) A Justice of the Peace for any local area may, in accordance with such rules as may
be made by the Provincial Government,–
a) issue a certificate as to the identity of any person residing within such area,
b) verify any document brought before him by any such person, or
c) attest any such document required by or under any law for the time being in
force to be attested by a Magistrate, and until the contrary is proved, any
certificate so issued shall be presumed to be correct and any document so