Banff Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

All Commissary Applications for Peterhead and Banff Sheriff Court jurisdiction should now be lodged at Peterhead Sheriff Court with the exception of dative petitions for Banff Sheriff Court jurisdiction, these should continue to be lodged at Banff Sheriff Court. Commissary business should no longer be sent to Hub Courts for processing.

Important arrangements during the Coronavirus outbreak

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. 



Guidance was issued on 29 April 2020 stating that all commissary would restart from 1 May 2020 and sent to the relevant hub courts.

Small estate interviews are not taking place within the court buildings at this time, please contact your local Sheriff Court for more information and guidance.

Hub Courts for new, first instance custodies

New, first instance custody cases will continue to be heard in hub courts as first instance cases in each Sheriffdom as follows. Thereafter, if a further substantive hearing is assigned this will be to the court of local jurisdiction.

Glasgow and Strathkelvin

Glasgow Sheriff and JP Court

Lothian and Borders

Lothian and Borders no longer operates the Hub court system. All business, including first instance custody cases, has returned to local courts.

Edinburgh Sheriff and JP Court
Livingston Sheriff and JP Court
Jedburgh Sheriff and JP Court
Selkirk Sheriff and JP Court

Tayside, Central and Fife

Dundee  Sheriff and JP Court (business transferring from Forfar and Perth)
Falkirk Sheriff and JP Court (business transferring from Stirling and Alloa)
Kirkcaldy Sheriff and JP Court (business transferring from Dunfermline)
Perth Sheriff and JP Court (from 2 November, for the Perth jurisdiction only)

Grampian, Highland and Islands

Inverness Sheriff and JP Court (business transferring from Elgin, Fort William, Portree, Tain and Wick. Island custody courts will be dealt with on a case by case basis)
Aberdeen Sheriff and JP Court (business transferring from Peterhead and Banff)

North Strathclyde

Paisley Sheriff and JP Court
Kilmarnock Sheriff and JP Court 
Greenock Sheriff and JP Court (business transferring from Dunoon)
Dumbarton Sheriff Court and JP Court (business transferring from Oban and Campbeltown)

South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway

Ayr Sheriff Court and JP Court
Hamilton Sheriff Court and JP Court 
Dumfries Sherrif Court and JP Court (business transferring from Stranraer)
Airdrie Sheriff Court and JP Court (business transferring from Lanark)

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
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 No2PDF93.16 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download
Order Transfer of Proceedings SP Pyle No 1PDF96.17 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download
Civil Guidance GHIPDF117.55 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download
Guidance Summary Business GHIPDF71.80 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download

Built around 1871, the Court was designed by architect James Matthews of Aberdeen. As well as the Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court, the building houses the Procurator Fiscal’s Office, the Council Chambers and some Aberdeenshire Council Offices. There is one courtroom within Banff Sheriff Court. The Sheriff Court normally sits on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays every second week and the Justice of the Peace Court sits every fourth Wednesday. There is one full time resident Sheriff at Banff, currently Sheriff Robert McDonald., but many other part-time Sheriffs sit at Banff occasionally.

Please note as from 1 December 2013 all Commissary Confirmations for Banff Sheriff Court will be processed at Peterhead Sheriff Court. Banff Sheriff Court will deal with dative petitions, registering of deeds, miscellaneous commissary applications and small estate interviews requiring a personal visit to the court. If you are unsure of what we can deal with please telephone the Sheriff Clerk’s Office.

For clarity, Banff Sheriff Court is not affected by other recent court restructuring, and remains open for all other court business.

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Contact details

Postal address

Sheriff Court House,
Low Street,
AB45 1AU


Main telephone

01261 812140

Sheriff Clerk / Main contact

Bruce Graham 




01261 818394


Jury helpline

Jurors should call 01261 812140 after 17:00 the day prior to the date on the citation this is also the case if that day falls on a Sunday

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 court house is located on Low Street it is the first building on the right when entering from the High Street.

Use the Journey Planner for public transportation information.

By bus

Buses from Aberdeen to Banff arrive hourly at 54 minutes past the hour and buses to Aberdeen depart hourly at 45 minutes past the hour.

Buses from Elgin to Banff arrive hourly at 45 minutes past the hour and buses to Elgin depart hourly at 54 minutes past the hour.

The bus stop is 200 yards from the court off Low Street.

Please visit stagecoach for bus timetables or use the journey planner.

By rail

There is no railway station at Banff the nearest railway stations are Elgin (35 miles), Huntly (21 miles) and Keith (21 miles). Visit ScotRail or National Rail Enquiries for train times.

By car

There are no parking facilities at the court house. St May's car park is located next to the court. Some spaces painted green are free - please see signs within the car park. All other spaces require a pay and display ticket, charges are displayed on the ticket machines.

By air

The nearest airport is Aberdeen (46 miles), and at Inverness (75 miles).

On arrival

Please report to the sheriff clerk's office on the ground floor on arrival or to the court officer. You will then be directed to the appropriate area.

Jurors should report to the court officer on arrival.

There is access for disabled people through a separate gate at the front of the building, and a ramp up to the front door. Alternative access, other than through the main front door, for witnesses or anyone who feels vulnerable, can be arranged if contact is made with the sheriff clerk's office prior to attendance

All witness should report to the court officer in the foyer or report to the Sheriff Clerk's office.


There are no food or drink facilities in the court house. There are several cafes and hotels nearby, please ask staff for information or see notices on notice boards. Witnesses are advised that they should bring refreshments with them prior to attending court. No food or drink is allowed in the court room.

If you are sitting on a jury, lunch and refreshments will be provided for you if the court sits into the afternoon. The jury room has water, tea and coffee facilities. Lunch will be provided at a local hotel where you will be accompanied by the court officer to and from lunch.

A loop induction system is available in the courtroom and Sheriff Clerk's office for hearing aid users. Please contact 01261 812140.

Pay a Fine

Pay a fine online or you can pay your fine at the Sheriff Clerk's office in person or call 01261 812140 during opening hours.

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

Fines enforcement: 0845 6025228

Opening times

Mon - Thurs 09:00 - 16:30, Fri 09:00 - 16:00. The office is closed between 13:00 and 14:00 daily for lunch.

Public Holidays


January 1, 4
April 2, 5
May 3
June 7
July 5
August 30
December 6, 27, 28



Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

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