Aberdeen Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

Hub courts

Important arrangements during the Coronavirus outbreak

Hub Courts for new, first instance custodies

This is one of the 15 Hub courts in Scotland dealing with new, first instance custodies. If the person appearing from police custody, has, or is suspected of having, Covid-19 he/she will attend via video link from a police facility. Where possible, video appearance will be extended to other accused.

Those accused currently in custody in one of Scotland’s Prisons having an appearance at court will generally ‘appear’ in court by video link.

Facilities are available for agents to act remotely. See Guidance in relation to remote hearings – attendance by electronic means for custody cases.

General information

This court is open for business, but please note the following arrangements at this time.

This court is only open to staff, judiciary, those with permanent office accommodation, media or parties who are directly involved in cases being heard in the building and who have been requested to attend at court.

Where court cases require personal appearance, intimation will have been made to parties in advance of the court date.

There is no public counter and members of the public will not be permitted to enter, unless requested by the court.

If you want to pay your fine or would like information and advice please visit our Pay a Fine page. 


Sheriffdom orders during Coronavirus

The following Sheriffdom guidance, information and practice notes apply to this court.

Please also refer to the Rules and Practice section of the website.

FileTypeSizeUploaded onDownload
2022 Custody DirectionPDF239.43 KB19 Oct, 2021 Download
COP26 Order No 6 of 2021PDF347.29 KB12 Oct, 2021 Download
Civil Guidance - Video Conference CallPDF126.59 KB03 Sep, 2021 Download
Guidance for Practitioners and Litigants - Adoption Proceedings GHIPDF104.39 KB21 May, 2021 Download
Order No 5 of 2021 - Summary criminal business PDF161.29 KB29 Mar, 2021 Download
Order no 1 of 2021 Summary Criminal Business - Virtual TrialsPDF113.59 KB12 Mar, 2021 Download
Order no 4 of 2020 - Custody CourtsPDF77.74 KB10 Mar, 2021 Download
Order in respect of Summary Criminal Business Refixing DietsPDF157.55 KB25 Feb, 2021 Download
Order in respect of Summary Criminal and Justice of the Peace Business letter pleasPDF102.57 KB18 Jan, 2021 Download
Order in respect of Summary Criminal Business Refixing DietsPDF137.88 KB11 Jan, 2021 Download
Order by Sheriff Principal D C W PylePDF161.52 KB24 Nov, 2020 Download
Order No 4 2020 In Relation to Proceedings on IndictmentPDF247.28 KB24 Nov, 2020 Download
Proceedings on Indictment Order No 4 2020 PDF351.99 KB27 Oct, 2020 Download
Custody Order PDF70.68 KB04 Aug, 2020 Download
Order Transfer Proceedings No 3PDF182.37 KB30 Jun, 2020 Download
Electronic submission of documents Civil No 4 of 2020PDF104.73 KB26 Jun, 2020 Download
Electronic submission of documentsPDF195.62 KB19 Jun, 2020 Download
Guidance Civil No 2PDF244.24 KB19 Jun, 2020 Download
Guidance Summary Business No 2PDF182.91 KB11 Jun, 2020 Download
Order for Criminal Business GHIPDF89.85 KB20 Apr, 2020 Download
Order Transfer of Proceedings SP Pyle No 1PDF96.17 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download
Order Transfer of Proceedings SP Pyle No2PDF93.16 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download
Guidance Summary Business GHIPDF71.80 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download
Civil Guidance GHIPDF117.55 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download

Please note that the court has restricted staff and are dealing with emergency applications only.
(Friday 26 November)

There are three Court buildings dealing with different types of business in Aberdeen.

Please visit the information page which relates to your visit or enquiry for further information.

The Aberdeen Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court is located in this grade, "A" listed buildings built between 1868 and 1874. The building has seven courtrooms and accommodation for the Sheriff Principal, seven resident Sheriffs and one floating Sheriff, the Sheriff Clerk and her staff of 65, the Court Social Work department, Witness Services, and the Police cells. The courts deal with summary and solemn criminal business and is the administrative centre for the other Aberdeen Courts.

Photograph of Aberdeen Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court building

Contact details

Sheriff Clerk

Fiona Fleming


Castle Street
AB10 1WP


Criminal department contact

Jurors please contact:

For criminal enquiries please contact:

Admin department contact

01224 657200




Civil Department - 01224 657234

Criminal Department - 01224 657241



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.


We encourage the use of public transport as part of its commitment to sustainable development. Please use the travel planner for public transportation information.

By bus

Buses stop on Union Street, King Street, Castle Street and at Aberdeen bus station on Guild Street beside the train station. Timetable information is available from FirstGroup or Traveline on 0870 6082608.

By rail

Aberdeen train station is located on Guild Street and is approximately a 10 minute walk away. Timetable information is available from ScotRail or National Rail Enquiries.

By car

There is no public car park at the courthouse. Metered car parking, maximum stay 4 hours is available nearby. The nearest long-stay car park is the NCP at Shiprow, a 5 minutes walk. Court users who bring their ticket to reception for validation can receive a 25% discount on parking fees here.

By taxi

The main taxi ranks are located at Hadden Street, Back Wynd, Dee Street and Chapel Street.

By air

Aberdeen Airport is in the Dyce area of Aberdeen and is approximately a 45 minutes drive in rush-hour traffic from the courthouse.

On arrival

On entering the building you will be required to have your personal bags/briefcases etc. searched and asked to walk through a metal detector. These checks are carried out to ensure the safety of all court users.

Please contact the reception desk staff who will be able to direct you to the appropriate courtroom or waiting room.

If you are a juror for either a sheriff court or high court case please report to the Mercatgate building located across from the sheriff court.

Arrangements may be available for educational group visits.

For further information e-mail


There are a variety of restaurants and cafes within a few minutes walk from the courthouse. Vending machines for cold drinks and snacks are available in the main hall for use by all visitors to court. There is also a refreshment service available to crown witnesses provided by volunteers from the Anthony Nolan Trust serving hot and cold drinks as well as snacks within the Sheriff Court.

Pay a Fine

If you want to pay your fine or would like information and advice please visit our Pay a Fine page. 


Opening times

Mon - Fri 09:00 - 13:00, 14:00- 16:30

Switchboard Mon - Thu 09.00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 17:00, Fri 09.00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:30 

Public Holidays


January 3, 4
April 15, 18
May 2
June 2, 3
July 11
September 26 
December 5, 26, 27





Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

Useful Links


There is a small step at the main door into the Sheriff Court building. If you are unable to negotiate the step please ring the bell. Staff will then arrange alternative access into the building. Courts and public offices are accessible by wheelchair users.

A hearing loop system is available in all court rooms for those with hearing difficulties. Please speak to court staff if you require assistance.

If you have any specific access requirements please speak to our reception staff or the court officer or call 01224 657200.

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