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Fort William Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

Important arrangements during the Coronavirus outbreak

This court is open for business, but please note the following arrangements at this time.

This court is only open to staff, judiciary, those with permanent office accommodation, media or parties who are directly involved in cases being heard in the building and who have been requested to attend at court.

Where court cases require personal appearance, intimation will have been made to parties in advance of the court date.

There is no public counter and members of the public will not be permitted to enter, unless requested by the court.

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

 

Commissary

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

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.

Glasgow and Strathkelvin

Glasgow Sheriff and JP Court


Lothian and Borders

Lothian and Borders no longer operates the Hub court system. All business, including first instance custody cases, has returned to local courts.

Edinburgh Sheriff and JP Court
Livingston Sheriff and JP Court
Jedburgh Sheriff and JP Court
Selkirk Sheriff and JP Court


Tayside, Central and Fife

Dundee  Sheriff and JP Court (business transferring from Forfar and Perth)
Falkirk Sheriff and JP Court (business transferring from Stirling and Alloa)
Kirkcaldy Sheriff and JP Court (business transferring from Dunfermline)
Perth Sheriff and JP Court (from 2 November, for the Perth jurisdiction only)


Grampian, Highland and Islands

Inverness Sheriff and JP Court (business transferring from Elgin, Fort William, Portree, Tain and Wick. Island custody courts will be dealt with on a case by case basis)
Aberdeen Sheriff and JP Court (business transferring from Peterhead and Banff)


North Strathclyde

Paisley Sheriff and JP Court
Kilmarnock Sheriff and JP Court 
Greenock Sheriff and JP Court (business transferring from Dunoon)
Dumbarton Sheriff Court and JP Court (business transferring from Oban and Campbeltown)


South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway

Ayr Sheriff Court and JP Court
Hamilton Sheriff Court and JP Court 
Dumfries Sherrif Court and JP Court (business transferring from Stranraer)
Airdrie Sheriff Court and JP Court (business transferring from Lanark)


Sheriffdom orders during Coronavirus

The following Sheriffdom guidance, information and practice notes apply to this court.

Please also refer to the Rules and Practice section of the website.


FileTypeSizeUploaded onDownload
2022 Custody DirectionPDF239.43 KB19 Oct, 2021 Download
COP26 Order No 6 of 2021PDF347.29 KB12 Oct, 2021 Download
Civil Guidance - Video Conference CallPDF126.59 KB03 Sep, 2021 Download
Guidance for Practitioners and Litigants - Adoption Proceedings GHIPDF104.39 KB21 May, 2021 Download
Order No 5 of 2021 - Summary criminal business PDF161.29 KB29 Mar, 2021 Download
Order no 1 of 2021 Summary Criminal Business - Virtual TrialsPDF113.59 KB12 Mar, 2021 Download
Order no 4 of 2020 - Custody CourtsPDF77.74 KB10 Mar, 2021 Download
Order in respect of Summary Criminal Business Refixing DietsPDF157.55 KB25 Feb, 2021 Download
Order in respect of Summary Criminal and Justice of the Peace Business letter pleasPDF102.57 KB18 Jan, 2021 Download
Order in respect of Summary Criminal Business Refixing DietsPDF137.88 KB11 Jan, 2021 Download
Order by Sheriff Principal D C W PylePDF161.52 KB24 Nov, 2020 Download
Order No 4 2020 In Relation to Proceedings on IndictmentPDF247.28 KB24 Nov, 2020 Download
Proceedings on Indictment Order No 4 2020 PDF351.99 KB27 Oct, 2020 Download
Custody Order PDF70.68 KB04 Aug, 2020 Download
Order Transfer Proceedings No 3PDF182.37 KB30 Jun, 2020 Download
Electronic submission of documents Civil No 4 of 2020PDF104.73 KB26 Jun, 2020 Download
Electronic submission of documentsPDF195.62 KB19 Jun, 2020 Download
Guidance Civil No 2PDF244.24 KB19 Jun, 2020 Download
Guidance Summary Business No 2PDF182.91 KB11 Jun, 2020 Download
Order for Criminal Business GHIPDF89.85 KB20 Apr, 2020 Download
Order Transfer of Proceedings SP Pyle No2PDF93.16 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download
Order Transfer of Proceedings SP Pyle No 1PDF96.17 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download
Civil Guidance GHIPDF117.55 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download
Guidance Summary Business GHIPDF71.80 KB01 Apr, 2020 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

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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

DX

531405

Email

fortwilliam@scotcourts.gov.uk

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. www.contactscotland-bsl.org

Directions


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.

Facilities


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.

 

 

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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



2021

January 1, 4
April 2, 5, 19
May 3
June 7
August 2
September 27
December 6, 27, 28

Complaints


Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

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