Ayr Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

Ayr Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court is within the Sheriffdom of South Strathclyde Dumfries & Galloway serving a population of approximately 120,000 people within the districts of South Ayrshire and wards 21 to 30 of East Ayrshire.

The courthouse is centrally located within the town centre and was formally opened in 1822 Over the years the building has been extended and in 2010 the Justice of the Peace Court was established in the same building.

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Contact details

Postal address

Sheriff Court House,
Wellington Square,


Main telephone

01292 292 200

Sheriff Clerk / Main contact

Jean Flanagan


AY 16


01292 292249

All commissary work carried out


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.


Wellington Square is located close to the seafront and is well served by public transport.

Use the journey planner for public transportation information.

By bus

Ayr bus station is approximately 200 yards from the courthouse at Sandgate.

By rail

Ayr train station is approximately half a mile from the courthouse off Burns Statute Square. Visit ScotRail or National Rail Enquiries for train times.

By car

There is no public car parking available at the court house. There are a number of pay and display, on-street, parking places in Wellington Square and surrounding streets. The nearest long stay car park is at Charlotte Street.

By taxi

The main taxi rank is situated at the train station with a small rank located close to the bus station at Sandgate.

By air

Glasgow Prestwick Airport is approximately 15 minutes by road and is well served by local bus services. A rail link to the airport is available.

On arrival

When you arrive at the courts please report to the reception desk in the main hall. There are notice boards and a plasma screen in the main foyer showing in which court a case is calling. There are 5 courtrooms in Ayr , Courts 1, 2, 3 and 4 are located upstairs, Court 5 is on the ground floor.

If you are attending for jury duty please come to the main reception where you will be directed to the courtroom.

If you have a physical disability we have provided as a separate disabled ramp access and there is lift access to the first and second floors.

If you have hearing difficulties you can access sound enhancement facilities during court proceedings using a "Loop system"

If English is not your first language we can speak with you by using our interpreting service Language Line.

A range of our documents and leaflets are available on request in other languages, in large print or Braille or as a recording.

Should you have any other personal requirements not mentioned above, we will consider all reasonable requests and take practical steps to meet them.


Hospital Volunteers supply light refreshments in the courthouse between 09:30 and 12 noon. There are many shops and restaurants within 5 minutes walk from the court house.

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 office manager if you require using this facility.

Pay a Fine

Pay a fine online or come to the reception and you will be directed to the fines payment office.

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service also accepts the following forms of payment:

  • 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

  • Debit Card - Please note that we accept debit cards and Credit Cards.
  • Cash - Accepted at the counter in the Court House. If paying by post it is not advisable to make cash payments.
  • By Telephone - Call 01292 292200.

If you wish to discuss any aspect of your fine or compensation order, or should you have any difficulties paying your fine please contact the fines enforcement officer on: 01292 292205 or

Opening times

Mon - Thurs 09:00 - 17:00, Fri 09:00 - 16:30.

Please note that the offices may be closed at times for staff training. Details of this are published in advance in the court building and on this website.

Public Holidays

January 1, 2

April 10, 13

May 8

August 3

September 21

October 12

November 30

December 25, 28


Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

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