Swearing the Peace Law and Legal Definition

Swearing the peace is the giving of proof to a magistrate that one fears for one’s on safety. When one makes swearing the peace the magistrate will order the troublemaker to make the peace.

Every justice of peace is bound to order peace, when the person making plea makes an oath that s/he is under fear of death or bodily harm, and shows that s/he has just cause to be so, by reason of others menaces or attempts.