Forfar Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court


Exterior of the Forfar Sheriff Court

Forfar Sheriff & JP Court – Offices will be closed between 2.00pm-5.00pm)

Urgent matters/applications during these periods please contact Dundee Sheriff Court on 01382 229961 or


Thursday, 9th February 2023

Thursday, 9th March 2023

Thursday, 6th April 2023

Thursday, 4th May 2023

Thursday, 8th June 2023

Thursday, 6th July 2023

Thursday, 3rd August 2023

Thursday, 7th September 2023

Thursday, 5th October 2023

Thursday, 9th November 2023

Thursday, 7th December 2023


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


Guidance was issued on 29 April 2020 stating that all commissary would restart from 1 May 2020 and sent to the relevant hub courts.

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.

Hub Courts for new, first instance custodies

New, first instance custody cases will continue to be heard in hub courts as first instance cases in each Sheriffdom as follows. Thereafter, if a further substantive hearing is assigned this will be to the court of local jurisdiction.

New, first instance custodies

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

Tayside, Central and Fife

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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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 Foundation Stone of the present Sheriff Court building was laid on 5 August 1869 by the Earl of Dalhousie. On 2 February 1871 Sheriff Robertson opened the present Sheriff Court building created by the architect Mr Wardrope, and described it as ‘handsome and commodious'.

There is a splendid ‘Hammer-Beam' roof in court one and escutcheons on the abutments carrying the roof arches exhibit carvings of a Thistle, a Rose, a Shamrock and a Daffodil, the emblems of Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales.

Contact details

Postal address

Sheriff Court House,
Market Street,


Main telephone

01307 462186

Sheriff Clerk / Main contact

Kay Hendry

All commissary work carried out


DX 530674


Access note

It is not permitted to take photos, or to film, from the private ground at the rear of the court.

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 a hill to the north of the town just off Brechin Road.

All buses pass through the town centre and all bus stops are well marked with regard to their route. The town centre is about a 10 minute walk from the court building.

Use the journey planner for public transportation information.

By bus

For up to date timetables or to plan your journey visit stagecoach.

By rail

There is no rail station in Forfar, the nearest are at Dundee and Arbroath. Visit ScotRail or National Rail Enquiries for train times.

By car

There is no public parking at the court, however there is a large public car park behind the council buildings next to the court.

By taxi

There is a taxi rank in Castle Street about 10 minutes walk from the court.

On arrival

On arrival, please report at reception or the Sheriff Clerk's Office. You will be directed from there to where you need to go.

If you are attending for jury duty please report at reception.

There is disabled access and parking at the rear of the building. If you have any specific access requirements please contact the sheriff clerk. Languageline facilities are available for anyone who requires the support of an interpreter.


There are refreshments available from vending machines in the foyer.

There are a number of cafes and sandwich shops nearby, a list of which is in the foyer.

If you are sitting on a jury, lunch and refreshments will be provided for you if the court sits into the afternoon.

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

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

Opening times

Mon - Thurs 09.00 - 17.00

Fri 09.00 - 16.30


Public Holidays


January 2, 3
April 7, 10
May 1, 8, 29
July 24
October 2
December 4, 25, 26


Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

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