Dunfermline Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

Dunfermline Sheriff Court

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

New, first instance custodies

New, first instance custody cases will be heard in all 8 Tayside, Central and Fife Courts:

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

Unless the above Court is closed for a Public holiday, where by the following HUB courts will be in operation:

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

Sheriffdom orders

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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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

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.

Contact details

Postal address

Sheriff Court House,
1/6 Carnegie Drive,
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


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




01383 621205


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.


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.​

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.


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

Dunfermline Sheriff & JP Court

Offices will be closed between 2.00pm-5.00pm on: 

  • Tuesday, 10th January 2023
  • Tuesday, 7th February 2023
  • Tuesday, 7th March 2023
  • Tuesday, 4th April 2023
  • Tuesday, 2nd May 2023
  • Tuesday, 6th June 2023
  • Tuesday, 4th July 2023
  • Tuesday, 1st August 2023
  • Tuesday, 5th September 2023
  • Tuesday, 3rd October 2023
  • Tuesday, 7th November 2023
  • Tuesday, 5th December 2023


Urgent matters/applications during these periods please contact Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court on 01592 260171 or


Public Holidays


January 2, 3
April 7, 10
May 1, 8
June 5
July 17
October 2
December 4, 25, 26



Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

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