Glasgow Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

Special arrangements – Glasgow

To allow for social distancing, cases in the following courts have been allocated specific time-slots:

  • Solemn first diet, summary remand, intermediate diet and problem-solving (alcohol and drug) courts

Accused persons will not be permitted entry into the court room until 15 minutes before their case is scheduled to call.

The schedule is in addition to the Court Rolls and is published at Glasgow Sheriff Court business schedule.

Hub courts

Important arrangements during the Coronavirus outbreak

Hub Courts for new, first instance custodies

This is one of the 15 Hub courts in Scotland dealing with new, first instance custodies. If the person appearing from police custody, has, or is suspected of having, Covid-19 he/she will attend via video link from a police facility. Where possible, video appearance will be extended to other accused.

Those accused currently in custody in one of Scotland’s Prisons having an appearance at court will generally ‘appear’ in court by video link.

Facilities are available for agents to act remotely. See Guidance in relation to remote hearings – attendance by electronic means for custody cases.

General information

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. 


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.

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Practice Note - Virtual Custody Court Pilot (05-07-21)PDF390.91 KB06 Jul, 2021 Download
Coronavirus Guidance - Criminal Business (No 2 of 2021) (22-06-21)PDF171.15 KB29 Jun, 2021 Download
Coronavirus Guidance - Civil Business (No 1 of 2021) (22-06-21)PDF202.83 KB29 Jun, 2021 Download
Order Refixing Justice of the Peace Court CasesPDF167.17 KB12 Jan, 2021 Download
Coronavirus Guidance (No 17) (Electronic Submission of Documents (24-06-20)PDF136.43 KB25 Jun, 2020 Download

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


Jury Queries:
Simple procedure:
Summary Cause:

Sheriff Clerk / Main contact

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

To speak to someone in respect of fines arrears– Option 2

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

(John McGraw and Joe Margey, Head of  Sheriff and Jury and Fines Department)

For jury payments and jury excusal enquiries– Option 3

For enquiries in respect of Sheriff and Jury cases– Option 4

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

Summary Criminal department

(Paul McGinley, Head of Summary Criminal Department)

For enquiries in respect of criminal cases including Justice of the Peace cases– Option 5

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

(Howard Rattray, Sheriffdom Legal Adviser)

For document signing or to contact a JP adviser – Option 6

(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

(Elaine Donnelly; Head of Civil Department)

Choose Option 7 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

(Elaine McLeod 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.


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 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. 

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.



Please note: There will be no catering service provided throughout the building until further notice.

There are 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:  1, 1A, 1B, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 25. (Not Courts 22, 23 and 24)

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

Please note:

Department Closures for training purposes.

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

FINES will be closed from 1pm on second Wednesday of the month

SHERIFF & JURY will be closed from 1pm on second Friday of the month

CIVIL will be closed from 1pm on third Thursday of the month

SUMMARY CRIME will be closed from 1pm on fourth Friday of the month


Public Holidays


January 1, 4
April 2, 5
May 3, 31
July 19
September 27
December 6, 27, 28


Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

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