JPs marking 650 years

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A SERVICE to mark the 650th anniversary of the Justices of the Peace Act of 1361 is to take place at Rotherham Minster.

The Act issued under the reign of Edward III marked the beginning of the Office of the Justices of the Peace.

There are over 100 serving magistrates on the Rotherham Bench.

Canon David Bliss said: “I am delighted we are able to hold this special service to mark this very important anniversary at Rotherham Minster and I do hope many people will be able to join us on the day.”

Glenna Briggs, chair of the Rotherham Bench, added: “Our role has changed considerably in the 650 years since it was established but keeping the peace and maintaining the rule of law is still an important part.”

The service will be given by the Bishop of Doncaster at 3pm on Sunday, June 26. After the service Rotherham Mayor Shaun Wright will unveil a plaque at the Town Hall.