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,


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

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

January 1, 2

April 10, 13

May 8

June 1

September 7

October 12

November 30

December 25, 28


Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

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