Glasgow Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

Glasgow Sheriff and Justice of the Peace Court is the busiest Court in Scotland. The Court building took approximately 5 years to build (June 1981 - Jan 1986) and was officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen on 29 July 1986.

In April 2008 SCTS installed Scotland's largest installation of solar panels on the roof of the building, as part of the sustainable development programme.

We deal with three main types of business - Civil, Criminal and Commissary. The Fines Department and the Solemn Criminal Department are located on the ground floor. The Civil and Commissary office is located on the 2nd floor at the East of the building and Summary Criminal Department is located in the 2nd floor at the West side.

The Solemn Criminal Department deal with all fines payments and enquiries, fines enforcement, and all matters relating to solemn/jury cases including Juror citations and payments.

The Summary Criminal Department deals with all matters relating to Sheriff and Justice of the Peace summary criminal cases including summary criminal appeals and fatal accident inquiries.

The Civil Department deals with all matters relating to civil procedure which includes:

  • Ordinary cause
  • Summary applications
  • Simple Procedure
  • Summary cause
  • Family actions
  • Children's referrals
  • Personal injury
  • Debt and bankruptcy
  • Commissary business (wills and estates)

Justices of the Peace can sign Warrants and Affidavits Sworn under Oath in respect of persons and addresses with their Sheriffdom. They can also undertake signing and countersigning duties in connection with a range of legal documents, including Statutory Declarations, and can give character references if the Applicant is personally known to them (in the case of Passports for at least 2 years).

If you are driving and using a GPS satnav system, please input the following postcode: - G5 9TW

Glasgow Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

Contact details

Postal address

Sheriff Clerk's Office,
PO Box 23,
1 Carlton Place,
G5 9DA


Main telephone

0141 429 8888

Sheriff Clerk / Main contact

Steve Bain

Civil department contact

Ann McArdle - Head of Civil Department

Criminal department contact

Maureen Davidson  - Head of Summary Crime

Elaine McLeod - Head of Solemn Crime, Fines Enforcement and Cashiers Dept

Admin/Estates department contact

Grace Carthy and Joe Margey - Head of Administration




Civil: 0141 418 5248

Criminal: 0141 418 5247

Estates: 0141 418 5244

Cashiers: 0141 418 5270

Justice of the Peace Court: 0141 418 5247


Jury Queries:

Simple procedure correspondence: 

Accessibility contact

If you have a text phone you can contact the court using Text Relay.

If you require the support of an interpreter when you contact a court, a phone based service is available - ask for Language Line and the language required.

If you use British Sign Language (BSL) and wish to phone us using a sign language interpreter, you can use the online video relay interpreting service. For more information see the contactSCOTLAND website.


The courts are well served by public transport. Use the journey planner for public trasportation information.

By bus

Details of bus services and routes are available from the following websites SPT or traveline (0871 200 2233)

By rail

The nearest train stations are Central, Queen Street and Argyle Street (Low Level). The nearest underground station is Bridge Street. Timetables are available on scotrail, SPT, traveline or national rail enquiries.

By car

There is very limited parking. The nearest public car parks are King Street (off Bridgegate); Stockwell Place (off Stockwell Street) and St Enoch Shopping Centre.

If you are driving and using a GPS sat nav system, please input the following postcode: - G5 9TW

By air

Glasgow airport

On arrival

Unless you are attending to pay a fine, when you arrive at the court building, you will be required to have your personal bags/briefcases etc searched and in addition you will require to walk through a security scanner. These checks are carried out to ensure the safety of all court users.

Areas within the building are clearly signposted however, if you require assistance or directions please report to the reception desk.

Before your arrival at court, please telephone the free phone juror helpline number provided to you in your citation pack. This will confirm the details of your required attendance.

On arrival, please report to the location you have been advised to attend through your contact with the Juror Helpline, alternatively report to the main reception desk where you will be directed to the appropriate court or waiting room.

Disabled access is available via ramps from the car park and adjacent streets to the courthouse. There is also a disabled access door at the main entrance and lifts to all floors.

The assistance of Typetalk run by the RNID and Language Line covering 100 foreign languages is available to us. If you would like us to contact you using either of these services please email us at advising which service best suits your needs, your language of choice and a note of the best time of day to contact you. A brief outline of your enquiry would also help us to identify the person best suited to assist you.


There is a public self-service restaurant in the basement of the building available between 09.00 - 15.00. There are also vending machines in the basement area selling cold drinks and confectionary.

The city centre is within a short walking distance from the court, where you can find banks, post offices, shops, restaurants and cafes.

If you are selected to sit on a jury - lunch and refreshments will be provided if the court sits on into the afternoon.

A hearing loop system is available in the following courtrooms: 5, 6, 7, 8, 13, 15, 16, 17, 19 & 20.

Those with a hearing impairment who do not use a hearing aid or use a hearing aid without the (T) setting can be provided with a hearing enhancement headset from reception.

If you encounter any difficulties with these arrangements, please contact any member of staff, who will assist you further.

Pay a Fine

Pay a fine online or at the fines payment office on arrival. (Office is on the left of the security portal), or can be paid by telephone 0141 429 8888 - choose OPTION 1.

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 Courts and Tribunals Service"

send by post to: Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service, Central Processing Unit, PO Box 23, Glasgow, G5 9DA

Opening times

Mon - Thurs 09:00 - 17:00

Friday 09:00 - 16:30

Public Holidays


January 1. 2
March 30
April 2
May 7, 28
July 16
September 24
December 3, 25, 26


Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

Useful Links


If you have a text phone you can contact the court using Text Relay.

If you require the support of an interpreter when you contact a court, a phone based service is available - ask for Language Line and the language required.

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