Greenock Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court


Hub courts

Important arrangements during the Coronavirus outbreak

Hub Courts for new, first instance custodies

This is one of the 14 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.

Fines can be paid online and by phone. See Fines Payment for latest information.

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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Amended Act of Court for public holidays 30 November and Christmas 2020PDF82.12 KB22 Jul, 2020 Download
Transfer Order for transferring criminal business back to local courtsPDF127.69 KB16 Jul, 2020 Download
Civil Business No 5PDF273.35 KB03 Jul, 2020 Download
Electronic submisison of documents No2 26.06.20PDF254.38 KB26 Jun, 2020 Download
Amended Act of Court for Public Holidays in July Aug Sept 2020PDF82.40 KB23 Jun, 2020 Download
Coronavirus Guidance Civil Business No 4PDF357.22 KB11 Jun, 2020 Download
Coronavirus Order No. 4 - Criminal Business - 1 June 2020PDF236.20 KB01 Jun, 2020 Download
Coronavirus Order No. 5 - Criminal Business - 1 June 2020PDF219.41 KB01 Jun, 2020 Download
Coronavirus Guidance - Criminal Business (No 3)PDF156.93 KB19 May, 2020 Download
Amended Act of Court 2020 (Public Holiday Custody Court Sittings)PDF34.93 KB19 May, 2020 Download
Coronavirus Guidance - Criminal Business (No 2)PDF247.87 KB10 Apr, 2020 Download
Order Transfer of Proceedings NS 26 March 2020(2)PDF132.16 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download
Order Refixing Summary Criminal Business 1PDF131.89 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download
Guidance re SCRA Cases_26 03 20PDF174.13 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download
Coronavirus Guidance - Civil Business (No 1) (24-03-20).pdfPDF142.91 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download
Coronavirus Guidance - Criminal Business (No 1) (updated)PDF145.81 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download
Coronavirus Guidance - Civil Business 25 March_PDF101.28 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download

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

Nadine Neil

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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