Fort William Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

Exterior of the Fort William Sheriff Court

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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.

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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GHI – Order No 1 of 2024 – Return of Solemn Hearings to Sheriff Court BuildingsPDF392.56 KB13 Feb, 2024 Download
GHI Act of Court No 4 of 2023PDF46.42 KB26 Sep, 2023 Download
GHI Act of Court No 2 of 2022 - Public & Court Holidays 2023PDF709.35 KB28 Nov, 2022 Download
GHI Act of Court No 2 of 2023 – Public Holidays 2023 AmendmentPDF492.67 KB22 Aug, 2023 Download
GHI Act of Court No 3 of 2023 – Public Holidays 2024PDF501.26 KB22 Aug, 2023 Download
GHI - Order No. 3 of 2023 - Transfer of Island Court Trials to Sheriffdom Hub CourtsPDF401.16 KB19 Jul, 2023 Download
GHI Act of Court No 1 of 2023PDF32.64 KB10 Feb, 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
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
Guidance Civil No 2PDF244.24 KB19 Jun, 2020 Download
Electronic submission of documents Civil No 4 of 2020PDF104.73 KB26 Jun, 2020 Download
Guidance for Practitioners and Litigants - Adoption Proceedings GHIPDF104.39 KB21 May, 2021 Download
Civil Guidance - Video Conference CallPDF126.59 KB03 Sep, 2021 Download
2022 Custody DirectionPDF239.43 KB19 Oct, 2021 Download

The Court building dates back to the late 19th Century and had a major refurbishment in 1995/96 to provide increased accommodation facilities. The Court services the jurisdictional requirements of the Lochaber District and is based in Fort William. The Justice of the Peace Court was established in the same building in 2008.

Visiting Fort William Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court - Word version
Visiting Fort William Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court - PDF version

Contact details

Postal address

Sheriff Court House,
High Street,
Fort William,
PH33 6EE

Main telephone

01397 702087

Sheriff Clerk / Main contact

Jagruti Khodiyar

Court accepts dative petitions, Special Petitions and Requirement of Writings applications only. Inventories and the issuing of confirmation is undertaken at Inverness Sheriff 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 the office (by phone or attend in person), a telephone interpretation service is available. To access this service ask for telephone interpreting and the language required.  

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 Court is located at the West end of the High Street immediately in front of the Garrison Hotel and is easily accessed from both roads entering from North and South. Use the journey planner for public transportation information.

By bus

The bus station is a 10 minute walk to the Court.

By rail

The train station is a 10 minute walk to the Court. See scotrail and national rail enquiries for train times.

By car

With the exception of car parking space for wheelchair users, there is no public car parking within car park at the Court. The nearest public car park is at the West end roundabout situated diagonally across from the Court.

By taxi

Nearest taxi rank is at Tesco metro supermarket at East end of High Street approximately 5 minutes walk from Court.

By air

Nearest airport is Dalcross at Inverness which is approximately 75 miles North of Fort William.

On arrival

On arrival please report to the main reception point at the sheriff clerk's public office on the ground floor where you will be advised by a member of staff where you require to go within the building.

Wheelchair users can access the building at the rear entrance where there is a ramp facility.


Water coolers are only available to witness’s in the witness rooms which, the general public do not have access to. However, if someone requires some water we are happy to provide this to them

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 to Thursday 09:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 to 16:30

Friday 09:00 – 13:00 and 14:00 to 16:00

Public holidays


  • January 1, 2
  • March 29
  • April 1
  • May 6
  • June 3
  • August 5
  • September 23
  • December 2, 25, 26


Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

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