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 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.

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SSDG Act of Court No 2 of 2021 - COP26 Custody CourtsPDF42.36 KB28 Sep, 2021 Download
29 of 2021 - JP Refixing Trial Diets AirdriePDF51.60 KB14 Sep, 2021 Download
SSDG Act of Court No 1 of 2021 - public holidays and custody courts 2022PDF205.77 KB12 Aug, 2021 Download
Guidance for Practitioners and Litigants - Adoption ProceedingsPDF74.76 KB11 May, 2021 Download
SSDG Order of Court No 15 of 2021: Dumfries & Stranraer – Transfer of Solemn Trial Diets and the Lists of Potential JurorsPDF85.13 KB10 Mar, 2021 Download
SSDG Information Notice No 2 of 2021PDF106.83 KB18 Jan, 2021 Download
SSDG Information Notice for Court Users No 1 of 2021PDF56.84 KB11 Jan, 2021 Download
SSDG Order of Court No 24: Transfer of Solemn Trial Diets and the Lists of Potential JurorsPDF81.82 KB27 Nov, 2020 Download
Guidance for Practitioners and Litigants – Management of Civil Business 22.10.20PDF411.36 KB22 Oct, 2020 Download
Act of Court No 6 (Public Holidays 2021)PDF207.29 KB25 Sep, 2020 Download
Guidance for Practitioners and Litigants - Electronic Submission of Documents 26.08.20PDF111.44 KB26 Aug, 2020 Download
Guidance on Management of Criminal Business 29.07.20PDF193.30 KB29 Jul, 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

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,


Main telephone

01387 262334

Sheriff Clerk / Main contact

Elizabeth Young




01387 262357

All commissary work carried out


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.


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


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

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

Opening times

Mon - Thurs 09.00 - 17.00

Fri 09.00 - 16.30

Public Holidays


January 1, 4
April 2, 5, 19
May 3
June 7
September 6
December 6, 27, 28



Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

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