Inverness Sheriff and Justice of the Peace Court is the second largest Court within the Sheriffdom of Grampian Highland and Islands.
The Court building is an imposing listed building situated at the top of a hill overlooking Inverness in the City Centre area. The Castle was erected in two parts in 1834 and 1846.
There are currently 3 court rooms (1 of which is in the North Tower along with an additional hearing room for restricted business). There are two resident Sheriffs and the Sheriff Principal of Grampian Highland and Islands is also based in Inverness. The Sheriffs and the Sheriff Clerk’s staff deal with a variety of business which fall into the categories of Criminal, Civil and Commissary.
The court is situated at the top of Castle Wynd in the city centre area of Inverness.
The bus station for out of town services is at Farraline Park (at the end of Margaret Street and Strothers Lane). Many local buses stop in Castle Street near to the court.
The train station is situated on Academy Street approximately a quarter of a mile from the court and about a five minute walk. Visit scotrail
or national rail enquiries
for train times.
There is no public car parking at the court house, except for one disabled space shared with the local authority. If you wish to use this space, please make prior contact with the court.
There are multi-storey car parks at Rose Street and the Eastgate shopping centre. There is limited on-street parking on Castle Street (ticket machines).
The main taxi rank is at Academy Street, adjacent to the train station.
By air:Inverness Airport
is 9/10 miles east of Inverness. Travelling east along the A96 (Inverness to Aberdeen main route) the access road to the airport is well signposted. There are regular flights to a number of Scottish airports.
On arrival, please report at reception on ground floor in the main building. In the event that reception is unattended, please go to to the public offices on the first floor.
You may be screened by hand held scanners and baggage checks may also be made.
If you are attending for jury duty please report at reception.
There is disabled access at the side of the building. A lift is available for use by people with restricted mobility and there are disabled toilet facilities and parking; If you have any specific access requirements please contact the sheriff clerk’s office.
There are two vending machines on the ground floor of the main building, one for drinks and the other for snacks. For those attending as jurors, tea, coffee and water are available in the jury room and for those selected to serve on the jury, lunch is served in the jury room supplied by caterers.
If you are sitting on a jury, lunch and refreshments will be provided for you if the court sits into the afternoon.
A loop induction service is available in all courtrooms for people who have hearing difficulties. Please contact the sheriff clerk’s office prior to your attendance at court, or a court officer on arrival at the building, if you require to use this facility.
Sheriff Court Rolls
Justice of the Peace Court Rolls
The court building is open Mon - Thurs 09:00 - 17:00 and Fri 09:00 - 16:30 or until close of court business
Sheriff Clerk's Office opening times: Mon - Thu 09:00 - 17:00, Fri 10:00 - 16:30
Due to staff training, each Friday, the Sheriff Clerk's Office will now open at 10.00am.
December 25, 26
Please note the following opening hours over the festive period:
13th December 2013 - 9.00am to 1.00pm
24th December 2013 - 9.00am to 3.00pm
25th December 2013 - Closed
26th December 1013 - Closed
27th December 2013 - 9.00am to 4.00pm
30th December 2013 - 9.00am to 4.00pm
31st December 2013 - 9.00am to 3.00pm
1st January 2014 - Closed
2nd January 2014 - Closed
Normal opening hours will operate outwith these dates.
January 1, 2
April 18, 21
December 1, 25, 26
Pay a fine online
or at the fines payment office is on the first floor of the main building.
Payment Methods: Cash, Debit Card, Credit Card, Cheque or Postal Order.
(please do not send cash through the post).
Please make cheques and postal orders payable to “Scottish Court Service”
send by post to:
Scottish Court Service
Central Processing Unit
PO Box 23
Fines enforcement: 0845 6025228