Dumbarton 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 14 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.

Fines can be paid online and by phone. See Fines Payment for latest information.

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.

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Amended Act of Court for public holidays 30 November and Christmas 2020PDF82.12 KB22 Jul, 2020 Download
Transfer Order for transferring criminal business back to local courtsPDF127.69 KB16 Jul, 2020 Download
Civil Business No 5PDF273.35 KB03 Jul, 2020 Download
Electronic submisison of documents No2 26.06.20PDF254.38 KB26 Jun, 2020 Download
Amended Act of Court for Public Holidays in July Aug Sept 2020PDF82.40 KB23 Jun, 2020 Download
Coronavirus Guidance Civil Business No 4PDF357.22 KB11 Jun, 2020 Download
Coronavirus Order No. 4 - Criminal Business - 1 June 2020PDF236.20 KB01 Jun, 2020 Download
Coronavirus Order No. 5 - Criminal Business - 1 June 2020PDF219.41 KB01 Jun, 2020 Download
Coronavirus Guidance - Criminal Business (No 3)PDF156.93 KB19 May, 2020 Download
Amended Act of Court 2020 (Public Holiday Custody Court Sittings)PDF34.93 KB19 May, 2020 Download
Coronavirus Guidance - Criminal Business (No 2)PDF247.87 KB10 Apr, 2020 Download
Order Transfer of Proceedings NS 26 March 2020(2)PDF132.16 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download
Order Refixing Summary Criminal Business 1PDF131.89 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download
Guidance re SCRA Cases_26 03 20PDF174.13 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download
Coronavirus Guidance - Civil Business (No 1) (24-03-20).pdfPDF142.91 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download
Coronavirus Guidance - Criminal Business (No 1) (updated)PDF145.81 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download
Coronavirus Guidance - Civil Business 25 March_PDF101.28 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download

Please note: 

Car park temporarily closed

The car park at Dumbarton Sheriff and Justice of the Peace Court will be closed to the public from Wednesday 13 December 2017 due to repair works required to the court building.

There are alternative areas to park within walking distance of the court at St James Retail Park, and Park and Ride facilities are available at Dumbarton Central and Dumbarton East train stations.


The refurbished and extended Sheriff Court building at Dumbarton was opened to the public in 2009. It serves the main towns of Dumbarton, Clydebank, Bearsden, Milngavie and Helensburgh. The Justice of the Peace Court was established in the same building in December 2009.

Dumbarton Sheriff Court © Crown copyright

Contact details

Postal address

Sheriff Court House
Church Street
G82 1QR


Main telephone

01389 763266

Sheriff Clerk / Main contact

John McGraw

Civil department contact

01389 736464

All commissary work carried out

Criminal department contact

01389 736434




01389 764085


Jury helpline

01389 736426

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.


Use the Journey Planner for public transportation information.

By bus

For up to date timetables or to plan your journey visit FirstGroup or use the journey planner.

By rail

The nearest train station is Dumbarton central station which is a five minute walk from the court. Visit ScotRail or National Rail Enquiries for train times.

By car

There is a public car park within the grounds of the court house and several disabled parking spaces at the front of the building. There are also several free car parks within a short distance of the court building.

By taxi

There is a taxi rank just off the High Street in Dumbarton town centre, which is within a few minutes walk of the court building.

By air

The nearest airport is Glasgow Airport which is approximately 12 miles away.

On arrival

On arrival, please report to the main reception desk. You will be directed from there as to where you need to go within the building. On occasion you may be asked to pass through airport type screening and your bags or briefcases may be searched.

If you are attending for jury duty please report to the main reception desk where you will be directed to a court or waiting room.

Wheelchair users can access the building through the main entrance. A lift is available for access to the first floor which is where the court rooms are located. The public offices are on the ground floor of the building.


There is a cafe/tea bar on the ground floor (near the reception desk) which provides light refreshments. This is open from 09:00 to 13:30. There are also a number of local cafés and restaurants near to the court building.

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 main reception desk if you require to use this facility. The public offices also have a loop system available at the public counters.

Pay a Fine

Pay a fine online or please come to the main reception desk where you will be directed to the fines payment office or pay by phone 01389 736424.

Payment Methods: Cash, Debit Card, Credit Card, Cheque or Postal Order.

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: 01389 736420

Opening times

Mon - Thurs: 09:00 - 17:00

Fri: 09:00 - 16:30

The switchboard is available 08:30-17:00 on Mondays to Thursdays and 08:30-16:30 on Fridays.

Please note our offices will close at 2.00pm on the last Friday of every month for staff training. The building will only remain open until the days court business is finished on these days

Public Holidays

January 1, 2

April 10, 13

May 8, 25

July 20

September 28

November 30

December 25, 28


Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

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