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Dumfries 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.

FileTypeSizeUploaded onDownload
Act of Court No 6 (Public Holidays 2021)PDF207.29 KB25 Sep, 2020 Download
SSDG Local Practice Note 20 – Re-fixing of Solemn Criminal Proceedings for October 2020PDF64.68 KB25 Sep, 2020 Download
Act of Court No 4 (Public Holiday Amendments)PDF99.45 KB28 Aug, 2020 Download
Guidance for Practitioners and Litigants - Electronic Submission of Documents 26.08.20PDF111.44 KB26 Aug, 2020 Download
SSDG Local Practice Note 19: Re-fixing of Solemn Criminal Proceedings for September 2020PDF60.86 KB26 Aug, 2020 Download
SSDG Guidance on Management of Civil Business 24.08.20PDF393.98 KB24 Aug, 2020 Download
Guidance on Management of Criminal Business 29.07.20PDF193.30 KB29 Jul, 2020 Download
SSDG Local Practice Note 18: Re-fixing diets in Solemn Criminal Proceedings for August 2020PDF77.52 KB29 Jul, 2020 Download
Act of Court No 3 (Criminal Court Holidays)PDF57.90 KB02 Jul, 2020 Download
SSDG Local Practice Note 16: Re-fixing diets in Solemn Criminal Business for July 2020PDF73.32 KB30 Jun, 2020 Download
Practice Note no.15 of 2020: Orders in terms of section 11 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995PDF215.76 KB19 Jun, 2020 Download
Practice Note no.14 of 2020: Children’s Referrals and Related Applications under the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2014PDF460.13 KB19 Jun, 2020 Download
SSDG Local Practice Note 13: Transfer of Solemn and Summary Criminal Proceedings to Stranraer, Ayr and Lanark Sheriff and Justice of the Peace CourtsPDF134.52 KB12 Jun, 2020 Download
SSDG Local Practice Note 12: Transfer of Solemn and Summary Criminal Business for Airdrie & Lanark cases to Airdrie Sheriff and Justice of the Peace CourtPDF95.94 KB02 Jun, 2020 Download
Act of Court No 2 (Criminal Court Holidays)PDF39.69 KB29 May, 2020 Download
SSDG Local Practice Note 11: Re-fixing Diets in Solemn Criminal Business for June 2020PDF68.87 KB28 May, 2020 Download
Act of Court No 1 (Criminal Court Holidays) PDF45.50 KB18 May, 2020 Download
SSDG Local Practice Note 10 Covid-19: Re-fixing Diets in Summary Criminal Business for June 2020PDF101.63 KB18 May, 2020 Download
SSDG Information Notice 6 May 2020: Commissary BusinessPDF44.91 KB06 May, 2020 Download
SSDG Local Practice Note 9 Covid-19: Re-fixing Diets in Summary Criminal Business for April/May 2020PDF139.39 KB06 May, 2020 Download
SSDG Information Notice 17 April 2020: Intimation of diets for criminal businessPDF175.18 KB17 Apr, 2020 Download
SSDG Local Practice Note 7 Covid-19: Re-fixing Diets in Solemn Criminal Business in April/May 2020PDF145.15 KB15 Apr, 2020 Download
SSDG Local Practice Note 5 Covid-19: Transfer Order in respect of Criminal Proceedings within SSDGPDF225.86 KB08 Apr, 2020 Download
SSDG Local Practice Note 4 Covid-19: Practice Note 3 Superseded – Use of Minute of AgreementPDF89.56 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download
SSDG Local Practice Note 2 Covid-19: Initial Management of Civil BusinessPDF105.03 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download
SSDG Local Practice Note 1 Covid-19: Initial Guidance on all Sheriff and JP Court BusinessPDF136.17 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download
Amended Refixing Summary Criminal Business 23.03.20 LanarkPDF108.09 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download




Dumfries Sheriff and Justice of the Peace Court is an imposing building that was constructed in the Scottish Baronial Style from a design by David Rhind. The tall peaked towers and open Italianate parapets give it the characteristics of a castle and the softer lines of a palace. Originally on the site of a town hall that had been built as an independent place of worship and sold on to the county authorities the building was enlarged, adapted and opened as a Court House in April 1866.

Dumfries Sheriff Court © Crown copyright

Contact details


Postal address

Sheriff Court House,
Buccleuch Street,
Dumfries,
DG1 2AN

 

Main telephone

01387 262334

Sheriff Clerk / Main contact

Elizabeth Young

DX

580617

Fax

01387 262357

All commissary work carried out

Email

dumfries@scotcourts.gov.uk

Jury helpline

01387 272086 - (with recorded message for jurors).

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. www.contactscotland-bsl.org

Directions


By bus

Buses from outlying areas stop in Whitesands. Local buses stop in various streets close to the court.

By rail

The nearest train station is approximately a ten minute walk. Visit scotrail or national rail enquiries for train times.

By car

There is no public car parking available at this court. The nearest long stay car park is at Whitesands (5 minutes walk). A disk system operates in most other areas. Disks can be obtained from shops, libraries and various other places within Dumfries. A limited supply is held by the court.

By taxi

There are taxi ranks in Munches Street, the Whitesands and Bank Street.

On arrival


On arrival, please report to reception on the ground floor. You will be directed from there as to where you need to go to in the building. If reception is unmanned please report to the sheriff clerk's office on the ground floor.

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

There is a lift for disabled users only. Please ask a member of staff at reception or in the sheriff clerk's office for assistance. If you have any specific access requirements please contact the sheriff clerk. Language line facilities are available for anyone who requires the support of an interpreter.

Dumfries and Galloway Citizens Advice Service offers the services of an in court advisor on every 4th Thursday.

They are able to offer advice and guidance on civil matters:

  • eviction
  • re-possession
  • debt
  • small claims
  • attending court
  • representation

Their office is at 81-85 Irish Street, Dumfries, Tel 01387 266886

Facilities


There are a number of locations within a short walk where hot and cold drinks and snacks can be bought.

A loop induction service is available in all courtrooms for people who have hearing difficulties. Please contact the sheriff clerk if you require to use this facility.

Pay a Fine


Pay a fine online or at the fines office on the ground floor.

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

Should you have any difficulties paying your fine or require advice and assistance with a fines related matter, please contact the fines enforcement officer at Dumfries on 01387 272084.

Opening times


Mon - Thurs 09.00 - 17.00

Fri 09.00 - 16.30

Public Holidays



2020
January 1, 2

April 10, 13

May 8

June 1

September 7

October 12

November 30

December 25, 28
 

Complaints


Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

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