Forfar Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

Coronavirus outbreak

In response to Government advice we have restricted the number of courts in Scotland dealing with urgent business.

This court is closed until further notice.

The hub courts operating for each Sheriffdom are:

Glasgow Sheriff and JP Court

Edinburgh Sheriff and JP Court (business transferring from Livingston, Selkirk & Jedburgh)

Dundee Sheriff and JP Court (business transferring from Forfar and Perth)

Falkirk Sheriff and JP Court (business transferring from Stirling, Alloa, Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy)

Inverness Sheriff and JP Court (business transferring from Elgin, Fort William, Tain, Wick and the Island Courts - except Lerwick).  Island custody courts will be dealt with on a case by case basis.

Aberdeen Sheriff and JP Court (business transferring from Peterhead, Banff and Lerwick)

Paisley Sheriff and JP Court (business transferring from Greenock and Dumbarton)

Kilmarnock Sheriff and JP Court (business transferring from Dunoon, Oban and Campbeltown)

Hamilton Sheriff and JP Court (business transferring Airdrie, Lanark and Ayr)

Dumfries Sheriff and JP Court (business transferring from Stranraer)

Please email the hub court for essential business only.

Check www.scotcourts, for any updates

You can still pay fines online at:

The Foundation Stone of the present Sheriff Court building was laid on 5th August 1869 by the Earl of Dalhousie. On 2nd 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.

Forfar Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

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

Pay a fine online or in person at pay at the sheriff clerk's office is to the right through the foyer, fines can also be paid by telephone.

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

Opening times

Mon - Thurs 09.00 - 17.00

Fri 09.00 - 16.30


Public Holidays

January 1, 2

April 10, 13

May 8, 25

July 27

October 5

November 30

December 25, 28


Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

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