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 Sheriff and Jury 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 on the 2nd floor at the West side.  There is a security portal located at the main entrance of the building.

Child Welfare courts are programmed on Monday and Thursday each week

Adults with Incapacity courts are programmed on Wednesday each week

All cases presently assigned for these dates will now call in Glasgow Tribunals Centre.

From week commencing 4th November, Child Welfare courts will return to Glasgow Sheriff Court. Adults with Incapacity courts will continue to be held in Glasgow Tribunals Centre.

Glasgow Tribunals Centre is located at 20 York Street, Glasgow, G2 8GT.

Glasgow Tribunals Centre is home to tribunals administered by the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service and Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS)

Clutha Fatal Accident Inquiry

Information about the Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) is available on the Scottish Courts and Tribunals website –

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


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

DX 551020


Civil: 0141 418 5248
Criminal: 0141 418 5247
Administration/Estates: 0141 418 5244
Fines: 0141 418 5270
Justice of the Peace Court: 0141 418 5247


Jury Queries:
Simple procedure correspondence:


Sheriff Clerk / Main contact

Steve Bain

Main telephone

0141 429 8888 then select the menu option below

Fines enquiries

To pay a fine or enquire about a fine or fixed penalty – Option 1

To speak to someone in respect of fines arrears– Option 2

Pay a fine online or at the fines payment office on arrival. (Office is on the left of the security portal).

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

Sheriff and Jury Courts

(Karen McCall, Head of  Sheriff and Jury and Fines Department)

For jury payments and jury excusal enquiries– Option 3

For enquiries in respect of Sheriff and Jury cases– Option 4

The Sheriff and Jury Department deals with all matters relating to jury cases including Juror citations and payments.

Summary Criminal department

(Andrea Dyer, Head of Summary Criminal Department)

For enquiries in respect of criminal cases including Justice of the Peace cases– Option 5

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.

Justices of the Peace, Sheriffdom Legal Adviser

(Howard Rattray, Sheriffdom Legal Adviser)

For document signing or to contact a JP adviser – Option 6

(This office does not provide legal advice to members of the public.)

Justices of the Peace can sign Warrants and Affidavits Sworn under Oath in respect of persons and addresses within 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).

Civil department

(Maureen Davidson and Elaine McLeod – Head of Civil Department)

Choose Option 7 then press option noted below

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

  • Simple Procedure (Small Claims & Summary Cause) – Press 1
  • Family actions including divorce – Press 2
  • Commissary – relating to the estate of a deceased person – or for adults with incapacity cases Press 3
    The current waiting period for executry confirmations is 6-8 weeks. We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause and are working to improve the position.
  • Commercial, insolvency and bankruptcy cases – Press 4
  • Ordinary Cause, including personal injury cases – Press 5
  • For any case at appeal or where a final order of the court has been pronounced – Press 6
  • For cases involving children referred to the court by the Children’s Reporter or for Adoption cases – Press 7

Administration/Estates department

(Grace Carthy and Joe Margey – Head of Administration/Estates Department) The Administration/Estates Department deals with matters relating to building management.

Accessibility contact

If you want to contact us using text relay please follow the guidance at this link -  the Next Generation Text Service

If you require the support of an interpreter when you contact a court (by phone or attend in person), a telephone interpretation service is available.  To access this service ask for telephone interpreting and the language required. This service is NOT available during actual court proceedings.

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 transportation 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 pass 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.



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:  1, 1A, 1B, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 25. (Not Courts 22, 23 and 24)

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.


Opening times

Mon - Thurs 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:30

Please note:

Department Counter Closures for training purposes.

ADMINISTRATION/ESTATES will be closed from 10am to 12 noon on first Tuesday of the month

FINES will be closed from 1pm on second Wednesday of the month

SHERIFF & JURY will be closed from 1pm on second Friday of the month

CIVIL will be closed from 1pm on third Thursday of the month

SUMMARY CRIME will be closed from 1pm on fourth Friday of the month


Public Holidays


January 1, 2
April 19, 22
May 6, 27
July 15
Sept 30
December 2, 25, 26





Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

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