Fort William Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

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
Elgin Sheriff Court © Crown copyright

Contact details

Postal address

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


Main telephone

01397 702087

Sheriff Clerk / Main contact

Sujatha Amarnath

Court accepts dative petitions, Special Petitions and Requirement of Writings applications only. Inventories and the issuing of confirmation is undertaken at Inverness Sheriff Court




01397 706214


Accessibility contact

If you have a text phone you can contact the court using Text Relay.

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 located at the West end of the High Street immediately in front of the police station 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.

If you are attending for jury duty please come to the main reception at the sheriff clerk's public office where you will be directed to the courtroom.

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


We are in the process of having the tea/coffee vending machine removed. With regards to the water coolers these are only available to witness’s in the witness

Rooms which, the general public do not have access to.  The water coolers are also available to jurors in the jury rooms. Therefore, the water coolers are not available to everyone.

However, if someone requires some water we are happy to provide this to them.

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 the courtroom and at the public counter within the main reception point for people who have hearing difficulties.

Pay a Fine

Pay a fine online or you pay your fine at the main reception.

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 - Fri 09.00 - 13.00, 14.00 - 16.30

Office closes every day 13:00 - 14:00 and from 16:30

Public Holidays


January 1. 2
March 30
April 2
May 7
June 4
August 6
October 1
December 3, 25, 26


Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

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