Dundee Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

About the court

Dundee Sheriff Court building is an imposing listed building designed in 1833 by Edinburgh architect George Angus and completed in 1863 by William Scott. It was extensively renovated in 1996 and officially opened by the Princess Royal in 1997. The Justice of the Peace Court building is attached to the Sheriff Court building.

Dundee Sheriff Court © Crown copyright

Contact the court

Location and postal address

Sheriff Court House
6 West Bell Street

Sheriff Clerk

Laura Mahoney





01382 229961

  • Option 1 – Fines enquiries
  • Option 2 – Criminal enquiries
  • Option 3 – Jury enquiries
  • Option 4 – Civil enquiries

Jury helpline

  • Sheriff Court - 01382 318229
  • High Court - 01382 318228

Difficulty using the phone

Phone interpreter

A phone interpreter service is available when you contact a court by phone or attend in person. To access this service ask for phone interpreter and the language required.

The phone interpreter service is not available during actual court proceedings.

Text relay service

If you are deaf, have hearing loss or are speech impaired you can contact us for free with Relay UK.

British Sign Language (BSL)

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 Contact Scotland BSL website.

Opening times

The Sheriff Clerk's office is open as follows:

  • Monday to Thursday from 09:00 to 17:00
  • Friday from 09:00 to 16:30

The Sheriff Clerk's office is closed from 14:00 to 17:00 on:

  • Wednesday, 17 January 2024
  • Wednesday, 14 February 2024
  • Wednesday, 13 March 2024
  • Wednesday, 10 April 2024
  • Wednesday, 8 May 2024
  • Wednesday, 12 June 2024
  • Wednesday, 10 July 2024
  • Wednesday, 14 August 2024
  • Wednesday, 11 September 2024
  • Wednesday, 9 October 2024
  • Wednesday, 13 November 2024
  • Wednesday, 11 December 2024

For urgent matters and applications when the office is closed please contact:

Perth Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court
Phone: 01738 620546

Public holidays


  • January 1, 2
  • March 29
  • April 1
  • May 6, 27
  • July 22
  • October 7
  • December 2, 25, 26

New, first instance custodies

New, first instance custody cases will be heard in all eight Tayside, Central and Fife Sheriff and Justice of the Peace (JP) Courts:

  • Alloa Sheriff and JP Court
  • Stirling Sheriff and JP Court
  • Falkirk Sheriff and JP Court
  • Dunfermline Sheriff and JP Court
  • Kirkcaldy Sheriff and JP Court
  • Perth Sheriff and JP Court
  • Dundee Sheriff and JP Court
  • Forfar Sheriff and JP Court

Unless the above court is closed for a public holiday, where by the following hub courts will be in operation:

  • Falkirk Sheriff and JP Court (covers Alloa, Stirling and Falkirk custodies)
  • Kirkcaldy Sheriff and JP Court (covers Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy custodies)
  • Dundee Sheriff and JP Court (covers Perth, Dundee and Forfar custodies)

Justice of the Peace (JP) Signings

Justice of the Peace (JP) Signings by appointment only. Please book an appointment in advance by phoning the Sheriff Clerk’s Office.


All commissary applications will be processed locally within all of the courts within Tayside Central and Fife.

Small estate interviews are not taking place within the court buildings at this time, please contact your local Sheriff Court for more information and guidance.


The court is situated at the top of courthouse square in the city centre area of Dundee. Use the journey planner for public transportation information.


By bus

City buses which stop close to the court in Lochee Road/Court House Square are numbers 8, 17, 26, and 28/29. Bus service (Strathtay) No 15 from the stops in Lochee Road (off Marketgait). All other out of town buses go directly to Seagate bus station.

By rail

The train station is about half a mile from the court and about a ten minute walk. Visit ScotRail or National Rail Enquiries for train times.

By car

There is no public car park at the court. The nearest multi-storey car park is in Bell Street, a short walk from the court. There is also on-street (metered) car parking in West Bell Street and some in Lindsay Street and Tay Street (south of Ward Road).

By taxi

The main taxi ranks are at Nethergate, Commercial Street, Meadowside (at the top of Reform Street), Allan Street (off Seagate Bus Station), Hilltown and at the train station.

By air

Dundee airport

On arrival

On arrival, please report at reception or public counter. You will be directed from there to where you need to go in the building. To enter the building you will be asked to pass through airport type screening and your bags or briefcases may be searched.

Jurors on jury duty

If you are attending for jury duty please report at reception. If you are sitting on a jury, lunch and refreshments will be provided for you if the court sits into the afternoon.


The tea bar serving hot and cold drinks, snacks and sandwiches is open from 09:00 to 12:00. There are a number of restaurants, hotels, department stores near to the court building where meals can be purchased at lunchtime.


Accessible hearing

A loop induction service is available in all courtrooms for people who have hearing difficulties. Please contact 01382 229961 if you require to use this facility.

Accessible access

There is disabled access at the front of the building. If you have any specific access requirements please contact 01382 229961.

Sheriffdom orders

The following Sheriffdom guidance, information and practice notes apply to this court. Please also refer to the Rules of Court and the Sheriffs Principal Guidance.

FileTypeSizeUploaded onDownload
2024 PN No 1 - SCM Perth Sheriff CourtPDF595.33 KB24 Apr, 2024 Download
Tayside, Central and Fife Guidance for court users appearing from custody Sep 2023PDF24.24 KB26 Sep, 2023 Download
Tayside Central and Fife Order No. 1 of 2023PDF136.73 KB26 Sep, 2023 Download
Act of Court -amended 2024 (signed)PDF186.42 KB17 Aug, 2023 Download
Act of Court -amended 2023 (signed)PDF188.37 KB17 Aug, 2023 Download
Final - Sheriffs Principal Guidance for Court Users - Electronic Submission of Documents PDF227.19 KB24 Oct, 2022 Download
PN no.3 of 2022 - PIDM (003)PDF361.90 KB19 Oct, 2022 Download
Court holidays 2023PDF189.40 KB02 Aug, 2022 Download
Management of Proceedings in the Sheriff Courts (July 2022)PDF181.07 KB20 Jul, 2022 Download
Guidance for Court Users - Child Welfare HearingsPDF172.56 KB13 Jul, 2022 Download
Management of Summary Cause Proceedings Housing (Scotland) Act 2001PDF193.24 KB11 Jul, 2022 Download
Act of Court 2022PDF180.51 KB13 Aug, 2021 Download

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