Chicago Justice of the Peace Weddings aka Chicago JOP, employees or subcontractors, are NOT associated with any local, county, city, state or federal governmental office. Wedding Officiant Carrie Rivera is
not an IL judge and has never claimed to be one. Chicago JOP is a wedding services vendor/provider only.
In Illinois, "Justice of the Peace" were judges of local courts with limited jurisdiction. They heard legal actions for small claims, tried persons accused of misdemeanors, and conducted preliminary
examinations of prisoners. Appeals from justices of the peace were always allowed. Justices did not keep records of testimony, but they were required to keep dockets, from 1827 to 1962.
From 1819 to 1827, justices of the peace were appointed by the General Assembly; from 1827 to 1848, two justices were elected from districts established by county commissioners’ courts. From 1827 to
1845, their terms were four years, and from 1845 to 1848, two years. The Constitution of 1848 revived the four-year term. After 1851, in township counties, two justices were elected for each township. From
1872-1959, additional justices were elected by every township or district with a population over 2,000. From 1959 to 1962, county boards were required to set up justice of the peace districts on the basis of
one man, one vote.
The (IL) office of Justice of the Peace was abolished in 1962, effective in 1964.
1 Rev. L. 1827, p. 259.
2 Constitution of 1818, Article IV, section 8; L. 1819, p. 22; Rev. L. 1827, p. 255.
3 Rev. L. 1827, p. 255; L. 1845, p. 28.
4 Constitution of 1848, Article V, section 27.
5 L. 1851, p. 38.
6 L. 1871-72, p. 521.
7 L. 1959, p. 1981.
8 Constitution of 1870, 1962 Amendment, Article VI, Schedule, paragraph 5.
THERE ARE ONLY 7 STATES THAT STILL HAVE JUSTICE OF THE PEACE OFFICES. ILLINOIS IS NOT ONE OF THESE STATES. PLEASE DO NOT ASSUME OR CONFUSE OUR COMPANY OR ITS CORPORATION NAME
WITH AN ACTUAL JUSTICE OF THE PEACE OFFICE.
Carrie Rivera had first incorporated "Justice of the Peace" as part of her business name since 2008. Chicago Justice of the Peace Weddings is our official company name.
"Chicago Justice of the Peace Weddings" and "Chicago JOP " are working trademarks of Carrie Rivera. Use of our company name is strictly PROHIBITED. Any unauthorized use of our name or any part
thereof, used by our competitors for advertising of wedding officiant services, is strictly prohibited and may result in a legal action or proceedings against violators.