Glasgow Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

Glasgow Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

We deal with three main types of business - Civil, Criminal and Commissary. The Fines Department and the Sheriff and Jury Department are located on the ground floor. The Civil and Commissary office is located on the 2nd floor at the East of the building and Summary Criminal Department is located on the 2nd floor at the West side.  There is a security portal located at the main entrance of the building. 

Please be aware that we currently have building works where glazing on the roof is currently being replaced. There is scaffolding/hoarding up throughout the ground floor up to the third floor, there is still sufficient room for customers to access courts, lifts, offices etc. 

The works are expected to finish in February 2024.

We apologise in advance for any disruption caused.

Opening times

Mon - Thurs 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:30

Please note the undernoted department closures for training purposes:

FINES will be closed from 13:00 on second Wednesday of the month

SHERIFF & JURY will be closed from 13:00 on second Friday of the month

CIVIL will be closed from 13:00 on third Thursday of the month

SUMMARY CRIME will be closed from 13:00 on fourth Friday of the month

Contact details

Postal address

Sheriff Clerk's Office,
PO Box 23,
1 Carlton Place,
G5 9DA

If you are driving and using a GPS satnav system, please input the following postcode: - G5 9TW

DX 551020


Jury Enquiries:

Civil Enquiries

Ordinary Actions / Summary Applications

Family Actions

Debtors / Miscellaneous

Adults with Incapacity

Summary Cause (including Heritable)

Simple Procedure

Social Work Referrals

Adoption & Permanence Orders

Commercial Court


All Other Matters

Sheriff Clerk

Neil Christie

Main telephone

0141 429 8888 then select the menu option below

Fines enquiries

To pay a fine or enquire about a fine or fixed penalty – Option 1 

Pay a fine online or at the fines payment office on arrival. (Office is on the left of the security portal).

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

Sheriff and Jury Courts

Paul McGinley, Head of Sheriff and Jury and Cashiers Departments

For jury payments and jury excusal enquiries – Option 2

For enquiries in respect of Sheriff and Jury cases – Option3

The Sheriff and Jury Department deals with all matters relating to jury cases including Juror citations and payments.

Summary Criminal Department

Elaine Donnelly, Head of Summary Criminal Department

For enquiries in respect of criminal cases including Justice of the Peace cases– Option 4

The Summary Criminal Department deals with all matters relating to Sheriff and Justice of the Peace summary criminal cases, including summary criminal appeals and fatal accident inquiries.

Justices of the Peace, Sheriffdom Legal Adviser

Rose McLeary, Sheriffdom Legal Adviser

For document signing or to contact a JP adviser – Option 5

(This office does not provide legal advice to members of the public.)

Justices of the Peace can sign Warrants and Affidavits Sworn under Oath in respect of persons and addresses within their Sheriffdom. They can also undertake signing and countersigning duties in connection with a range of legal documents, including Statutory Declarations, and can give character references if the Applicant is personally known to them (in the case of Passports for at least 2 years).

Civil department

(Andrea Dyer, Head of Civil Department)

Choose Option 6 then press option noted below

The Civil Department deals with all matters relating to civil procedure which includes:

  • Simple Procedure (Small Claims & Summary Cause) – Press 1
  • Family actions including divorce – Press 2
  • Commissary – relating to the estate of a deceased person – or for adults with incapacity cases Press 3
  • Commercial, insolvency and bankruptcy cases – Press 4
  • Ordinary Cause, including personal injury cases – Press 5
  • For any case at appeal or where a final order of the court has been pronounced – Press 6
  • For cases involving children referred to the court by the Children’s Reporter or for Adoption cases – Press 7

Administration/Estates department

John McGraw and Maureen Davidson, Head of Administration/Estates Department

The Administration/Estates Department deals with matters relating to building management.

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.

Hearing loop system

A hearing loop system is available in all courts

Those with a hearing impairment who do not use a hearing aid or use a hearing aid without the (T) setting can be provided with a hearing enhancement headset from reception.

If you encounter any difficulties with these arrangements, please contact any member of staff, who will assist you further.


The courts are well served by public transport. Use the journey planner for public transportation information.

By bus

Details of bus services and routes are available from the following websites SPT or traveline (0871 200 2233)

By rail

The nearest train stations are Central, Queen Street and Argyle Street (Low Level). The nearest underground station is Bridge Street. Timetables are available on scotrailSPTtraveline or national rail enquiries.

By car

There is very limited parking. The nearest public car parks are King Street (off Bridgegate); Stockwell Place (off Stockwell Street) and St Enoch Shopping Centre.

If you are driving and using a GPS sat nav system, please input the following postcode: - G5 9TW

By air

Glasgow airport

On arrival

When you arrive at the court building, you will be required to pass through a security portal and in addition have your personal bags/briefcases etc searched. These checks are carried out to ensure the safety of all court users.

Areas within the building are clearly signposted however, if you require assistance or directions please report to the reception desk. 

Disabled access is available via ramps from the car park and adjacent streets to the courthouse. There is also a disabled access door at the main entrance and lifts to all floors.


Public restaurant

The public restaurant within Glasgow Sheriff & JP building is open from 09:00 - 15:00 daily.

There are vending machines throughout the building selling cold drinks and confectionary.

The city centre is within a short walking distance from the court, where you can find banks, post offices, shops, restaurants and cafes.

If you are selected to sit on a jury - lunch and refreshments will be provided if the court sits on into the afternoon.


Public Holidays


January 2, 3
April 7, 10
May 1, 8, 29
July 17
September 25
December 4, 25, 26


Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

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