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How to Become a Justice of the Peace in Kentucky

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To become a justice of the peace in Kentucky, you'll need to be part lawyer, part politician and part executive. Before you stage your campaign in the Kentucky district where you reside, make sure you meet the requirements to become a magistrate in this state.

Attend college and obtain a bachelor's degree. Kentucky justices of the peace, also called magistrates, are accredited lawyers and are expected to perform judicial duties. Start on this career path by getting a bachelor's degree, preferably in a law-related field such as criminal justice.

Go to law school. Upon completing college, attend graduate law courses and obtain a law degree.

Pass the Kentucky state bar exam. The bar exam is a written test, which lawyers must complete in order to legally practice law.

Live in Kentucky. Justices of the peace are elected Kentucky officials; to be eligible for the position, you must live in one of Kentucky's county districts.

Choose your party. Decide on the political party with whom you want to be affiliated, and then petition that party requesting to launch your own campaign to run for the office of justice of the peace. You should submit an application before the election begins, generally the year before election year. When and if approval is received from the state Democrats, Republicans or Independents, you can launch your campaign.

Campaign and win. Become a justice of the peace in Kentucky by winning the most votes in your district within your county of residence. Launching a political campaign often costs money for signs, buttons and other election paraphernalia. Win the election to attain the position of justice of the peace. In Kentucky, this position is granted in four-year terms.

Tip

Obtain experience practicing law in order to rise to the challenges of the job.

Warning

You may need to campaign several times before you win the elected position of justice of the peace.

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K. C. Morgan is a professional freelance writer, with articles and blog posts appearing on dozens of sites. During her years of writing professionally, K. C. has covered a wide range of topics. She has interviewed experts in several fields, including celebrated psychoanalyst Frances Cohen Praver, PhD; television personality and psychotherapist Dr. Robi Ludwig; and entrepreneur Todd Reed.

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