New Cornwall court JP

(Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – The province has appointed a new justice of the peace to preside in Cornwall.

Paul Max Harris has over 16 years of federal government experience, including managing policy for purchases within Parks Canada since 2010.

He’s also involved in a youth mentoring program and also mentors youth through the Black Canadian Scholarship Fund.

Harris, among 13 new justices of the peace appointed Friday, will start his new job on July 11.

A justice of the peace is the first judicial officer a person meets when resolving non-criminal matters, such as traffic tickets or bylaw infractions. They can also conduct hearings under the Mental Health Act.