Glasgow Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

Department Counter Closures

PLEASE NOTE:  A 4-month pilot period for staff training purposes which commenced at Glasgow Sheriff & JP Court on the 5th June 2018, has been extended until the end of March 2019.  Closures are noted below:

ADMINISTRATION/ESTATES will be closed from 10am to 12 noon on first Tuesday of the month

FINES will be closed from 2pm on second Wednesday of the month

SHERIFF & JURY will be closed from 2pm on second Friday of the month

CIVIL will be closed from 2pm on third Thursday of the month

SUMMARY CRIME will be closed from 2pm on fourth Wednesday of the month


Clutha Fatal Accident Inquiry

Information about the Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) is available on the Scottish Courts and Tribunals website –

Glasgow Sheriff and Justice of the Peace Court is the busiest Court in Scotland. The Court building took approximately 5 years to build (June 1981 - Jan 1986) and was officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen on 29 July 1986.

In April 2008 SCTS installed Scotland's largest installation of solar panels on the roof of the building, as part of the sustainable development programme.

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.


Glasgow Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

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


Civil: 0141 418 5248
Criminal: 0141 418 5247
Administration/Estates: 0141 418 5244
Fines: 0141 418 5270
Justice of the Peace Court: 0141 418 5247


Jury Queries:
Simple procedure correspondence:


Sheriff Clerk / Main contact

Steve Bain

Main telephone

0141 429 8888 then select the menu option below

Pay a Fine/Fines Enforcement Team – Option 1 then press option noted below

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

  • Automated system for payment of fine – Press 1
  • Pay a fine (if unable to use automated system) – Press 2
  • Fines Enforcement Team – Press 4


Sheriff and Jury Courts – Option 2 then press option noted below

(Andrea Dyer, Head of  Sheriff and Jury and Fines Department)

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

Jury Enquiries (including jury cases) – Press 1

Summary Criminal department – Option 2 then press option noted below

(Maureen Davidson and Elaine McLeod - Head of Summary Crime)

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. 

  • Summary Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace enquiries – Press 2


Justices of the Peace, Sheriffdom Legal Adviser – Option 3 then press option noted below

(Howard Rattray, Sheriffdom Legal Adviser)

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 with 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).

  • Document to be signed by a Justice of the Peace – Press 1
  • Sheriffdom Legal Adviser – Press 2


Civil department – Option 4 then press option noted below

(Karen McCall – Head of Civil Department)

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 business – Press 3
  • Adults with incapacity, Liquidation/Sequestration or Adoptions – Press 4
  • Commercial, Personal Injury, diligence or Ordinary motions – Press 5
  • For appeals or extract decrees – Press 6
  • Social work referrals – Press 7
  • Any other civil office enquiries – Press 8


Administration/Estates department – Option 5 then press option noted below

(Grace Carthy and Joe Margey - Head of Administration/Estates)

The Administration/Estates department deals with all matters relating to building management

  • Sheriffdom Business Management office – Press 1
  • All admin/building management – Press 2
  • Court Liaison office – Press 3


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 courts are well served by public transport. Use the journey planner for public trasportation 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 scotrail, SPT, traveline 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

Unless you are attending to pay a fine, when you arrive at the court building, you will be required to have your personal bags/briefcases etc searched and in addition you will require to pass through a security scanner. 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.

Before your arrival at court, please telephone the free phone juror helpline number provided to you in your citation pack. This will confirm the details of your required attendance.

On arrival, please report to the location you have been advised to attend through your contact with the Juror Helpline, alternatively report to the main reception desk where you will be directed to the appropriate court or waiting room.

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.



There is a public self-service restaurant in the basement of the building available between 09:00 – 15:00. There are also vending machines in the basement area 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.

A hearing loop system is available in the following courtrooms: 5, 6, 7, 8, 13, 15, 16, 17, 19 & 20.

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.


Opening times

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

Public Holidays


January 1, 2
March 30
April 2
May 7, 28
July 16
September 24
December 3, 25, 26


Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

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