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Dumfries Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

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

Legal post

LP - 5, Dumfries

Fax

01387 262357

 

Email

dumfries@scotcourts.gov.uk

Accessibility contact

If you have a text phone you can contact the court using Text Relay.

If you require the support of an interpreter when you contact a court, a phone based service is available - ask for Language Line and the language required.

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

 

Jury helpline

01387 272086 - (with recorded message for jurors).

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

 


2017

November 27
December 25, 26

2018

January 1. 2
March 30
April 2
May 7
June 4
September 3
October 15
December 3, 25, 26

Complaints


Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

Useful Links


Accessibility


If you have a text phone you can contact the court using Text Relay.

If you require the support of an interpreter when you contact a court, a phone based service is available - ask for Language Line and the language required.

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