Greenock Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

Coronavirus outbreak

In response to Government advice we have restricted the number of courts in Scotland dealing with urgent business.

This court is closed until further notice.

The hub courts operating for each Sheriffdom are:

Glasgow Sheriff and JP Court

Edinburgh Sheriff and JP Court (business transferring from Livingston, Selkirk & Jedburgh)

Dundee Sheriff and JP Court (business transferring from Forfar and Perth)

Falkirk Sheriff and JP Court (business transferring from Stirling, Alloa, Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy)

Inverness Sheriff and JP Court (business transferring from Elgin, Fort William, Tain, Wick and the Island Courts - except Lerwick).  Island custody courts will be dealt with on a case by case basis.

Aberdeen Sheriff and JP Court (business transferring from Peterhead, Banff and Lerwick)

Paisley Sheriff and JP Court (business transferring from Greenock and Dumbarton)

Kilmarnock Sheriff and JP Court (business transferring from Dunoon, Oban and Campbeltown)

Hamilton Sheriff and JP Court (business transferring Airdrie, Lanark and Ayr)

Dumfries Sheriff and JP Court (business transferring from Stranraer)

Please email the hub court for essential business only.

Check www.scotcourts, for any updates

You can still pay fines online at:

The Greenock Sheriff Court building opened to the public in November 1869 and was also the jail house until 1910.

The architecture is based on the old Scottish style of the 16th Century. It serves a population of approximately 43,000 people. The Justice of the Peace Court was established in the same building in December 2009.

Greenock Sheriff Court © Crown copyright

Contact details

Postal address

Sheriff Court House,
1 Nelson Street,
PA15 1TR


Main telephone

01475 787073

Sheriff Clerk / Main contact

John McGraw

Civil department including Commissary/Small Estates and payment of Juror Expenses 

Contact 01475 787073 Option 1

Criminal department including Childrens’ Referrals and Fines payment:-

Contact – 01475 787073 Option 2

Reception including Jurors excusals and any other enquiries:-

Contact – 01475 787073 Option 3

Jury helpline

01475 553528

DX GR 16 


Civil Department: 01475 729746

Criminal Department: 01475 720965


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.


Greenock Sheriff and Justice of the Peace Court is situated in Nelson Street near to the town centre and public transport links. Use the journey planner for public transportation information.

By bus

The nearest bus station is Kilblain Street. This is a short walk (approximately 400 metres) from the court house. There are many different bus companies which serve the Greenock area. Use the Journey Planner for transportation information.

By rail

The nearest train station is Greenock West Station at the corner of Newton/Inverkip Street. The station is a short walk (approximately 500 metres) from the courthouse. Visit scotrail or national rail enquiries for train times.

By car

There is no public car parking available at this court. Nelson Street and the surrounding streets to the court house are all free parking.

By taxi

The taxi ranks are near to the railway station and also near to the bus station mentioned above.

By air

The nearest airport is Glasgow Airport - approximately 16 miles from Greenock.

On arrival

On arrival, please report to the main reception desk inside the main doors. There is a disabled entrance at the left hand side of the building with an "assistance bell", please ring this on arrival at the building.

On arrival, please report to the main reception desk inside the main doors where you will be directed to the appropriate court room.

Wheelchair users can access the building through the disabled entrance, which is situated to the left hand side of the building. All our courts are on the ground floor. Our reception desk can assist you with any enquiries.


A Beanfeast charity tea bar is available within the sheriff court house. It is located in the court 2 complex and is open until about 13:00 each day.

If you are selected to sit on a jury, lunch and refreshments will be provided for you throughout the day.

A loop induction service is available in all courtrooms for people who have hearing difficulties. Please contact any court official if you require to use this facility.

Pay a Fine

Pay a fine online or a fine can also be paid by attending at or posting to any court house the details and payment.

Fines can also be paid by phone please call 01475 787073 Option 2 or 3

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

Fines payments: 01475 787073 Option 2 or 3;
Fines enforcement officer: 01475 553523


Opening times

Court building Mon - Thurs 09:00 - 13:00, 13:45 - 17:00
(Court building closes at 16.30 on Friday)

Reception Mon - Thu 08:45 - 17:00; Fri 08:45 – 16:30

Office Mon - Thurs 09:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 17:00

Fri 09:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:30

Our offices close one day per month for staff training.  The dates for the staff training are as follows:-


17 Jan
14 Feb
13 Mar
17 Apr
15 May
12 June
17 July
14 Aug
18 Sept
16 Oct
13 Nov
18 Dec

Public Holidays

January 1, 2
April 10, 13
May 8, 25
July 6
September 7
November 30
December 25, 28


Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

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