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Dunfermline 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.

FileTypeSizeUploaded onDownload
Order 12 in respect of Solemn business - 18 August 2021PDF360.04 KB18 Aug, 2021 Download
Act of Court 2022PDF180.51 KB13 Aug, 2021 Download
Order 10 in respect of Summary and Solemn businessPDF129.86 KB02 Jul, 2021 Download
Order 11 in respect of Solemn businessPDF116.78 KB02 Jul, 2021 Download
Order 9 in Respect of Summary Criminal BusinessPDF111.37 KB02 Jul, 2021 Download
Order 8 in Respect of Summary and Solemn Criminal BusinessPDF349.43 KB12 Apr, 2021 Download
Order 6 in respect of Summary Criminal Business Refixing Diets 1 April 2021PDF118.67 KB29 Mar, 2021 Download
Order 7 in respect of JP Criminal Business Refixing Diets 1 April 2021PDF146.00 KB29 Mar, 2021 Download
Order 4 in respect of Summary Criminal Business Refixing Diets 1 March 2021PDF169.52 KB25 Feb, 2021 Download
Order 5 in respect of JP Criminal Business Refixing Diets 1 March 2021PDF146.26 KB25 Feb, 2021 Download
Guidance on Webex child welfare hearingsPDF175.33 KB05 Feb, 2021 Download
Practice Note No 1 of 2021 - Virtual Custody PilotPDF379.43 KB20 Jan, 2021 Download
Coronavirus - Order 3 in respect of Summary Criminal and Justice of the Peace Business letter pleasPDF346.53 KB15 Jan, 2021 Download
Coronavirus - Order 2 in respect of JP Criminal Business Refixing DietsPDF380.81 KB15 Jan, 2021 Download
Order of Court No 1 of 2021 Summary Criminal Business - Refixing Diets (11-01-21)PDF147.81 KB11 Jan, 2021 Download
Coronavirus Guidance - Implementation of Practice Note No. 4 of 2020 (03.12.20)PDF170.13 KB03 Dec, 2020 Download
Coronavirus Guidance - Criminal Business (No 5) (25-11-20)PDF105.07 KB26 Nov, 2020 Download
Order 18 in Respect of Summary and Solemn Criminal BusinessPDF253.88 KB26 Nov, 2020 Download
Order 17 in Respect of Solemn Criminal BusinessPDF262.65 KB26 Nov, 2020 Download
Coronavirus Civil Business (No 4) (Simple Procedure) (11-11-20)PDF627.54 KB11 Nov, 2020 Download
Order 15 in Respect of Summary Criminal BusinessPDF269.70 KB23 Oct, 2020 Download
Act of Court 2021PDF168.53 KB01 Sep, 2020 Download
Order 9 in Respect of Summary and Solemn Criminal BusinessPDF325.06 KB02 Jul, 2020 Download
Coronavirus Civil Business No 3PDF238.05 KB18 Jun, 2020 Download
Order 8 in Respect of Summary and Solemn Criminal Business (all Fife cases to Kirkcaldy)PDF274.05 KB09 Jun, 2020 Download
Sheriff Court Practice Note - TCF - Number 7 of 2020 - Criminal BusinessPDF379.47 KB01 Jun, 2020 Download
Sheriff Court Practice Note - TCF - Number 6 of 2020 - Criminal Business PDF403.88 KB01 Jun, 2020 Download
Order in Respect of Solemn and Summary Proceedings - Order No. 1 of 2020PDF133.89 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download
Guidance re SCRA Cases_26 03 20PDF155.46 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download
Guidance re AWI applicationsPDF158.42 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download

The Dunfermline Sheriff Court Building opened in its present location in 1983 having previously been located on the High Street. It covers a large area of Fife from Kincardine in the west to Aberdour in the east and has joint jurisdiction of the Forth Bridges.

Dunfermline Sheriff Court  © Crown copyright

Contact details


Postal address

Sheriff Court House,
1/6 Carnegie Drive,
Dunfermline,
KY12 7HJ

 

Telephone : 01383 724666

Option 1 - Fines and Criminal enquiries
Option 2 - Jurors/Deceased’s estate
Option 3 - Civil enquiries/Simple Procedure
Option 4 - Other miscellaneous enquiries

Sheriff Clerk / Main contact

Gail Smith

All commissary work carried out

JP SIGNINGS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Please telephone the Sheriff Clerk’s Office in advance to book an appointment (Option 4)

DX

DF17

Fax

01383 621205

Email

dunfermline@scotcourts.gov.uk

Jury helpline

01383 745480

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


The Court is situated on Carnegie Drive opposite Debenhams, close to the town centre and is easily accessible by public transport. Use the journey planner for public transportation information..

By bus

Most of the buses entering the town pass the court building which is also within a 5 minute walk of the main bus station.

By rail

The nearest train station is Dunfermline Town and is approximately a 10 minute walk from the court. Visit ScotRail or National Rail Enquiries for train times.

By car

There is no parking for the public at the court building but there is a large free car park on Leys Park Road, opposite the police station, which is a few minutes walk away.

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Disabled users and car parking

The Court building is on one level and accessible to wheelchair users. There is a disabled parking space available within the staff car park. Please telephone the Sheriff Clerk’s Office in advance to book this space (Option 4).

Alternative parking is available in the town centre including a multi-storey car park opposite the court building, there a parking costs at these sites.

By taxi

There are various taxi ranks within walking distance of the court.

By air

Edinburgh Airport is the nearest airport to Dunfermline being approximately 15 miles away.


On arrival


On arrival, you should report to the main reception desk in the foyer of the building. From there you will be directed to where you need to go. Enquires regarding civil cases eg. raising a small claims action or settling a deceased's estate can be made in room 2, the second office on the right. There are signs in the foyer for your assistance.

Jurors attending court should report to the main reception desk for further directions.

The court building is on one level and accessible to wheelchair users and parking is available for disabled drivers.

Facilities


There is a café within the building for court users and is open Monday to Friday from 9.00 am to 2.00 pm. A snack machine and water coolers are available in the foyer.

Jurors serving on a jury are provided with a buffet lunch and refreshments.

A loop induction system is available in all courtrooms. If you require to use this facility please inform the staff at the reception desk on arrival.

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


The Sheriff Clerk’s Office is open as follows:-
Monday – Thursday from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
Friday – from 9.00 am to 4.30 pm

Please note: The Sheriff Clerk’s Office will close from 1pm on the first Tuesday of each month for staff training




Public Holidays



2021

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

 

Complaints


Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

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