Hamilton Sheriff Court

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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SSDG Act of Court No 2 of 2021 - COP26 Custody CourtsPDF42.36 KB28 Sep, 2021 Download
29 of 2021 - JP Refixing Trial Diets AirdriePDF51.60 KB14 Sep, 2021 Download
SSDG Act of Court No 1 of 2021 - public holidays and custody courts 2022PDF205.77 KB12 Aug, 2021 Download
Guidance for Practitioners and Litigants - Adoption ProceedingsPDF74.76 KB11 May, 2021 Download
SSDG Order of Court No 15 of 2021: Dumfries & Stranraer – Transfer of Solemn Trial Diets and the Lists of Potential JurorsPDF85.13 KB10 Mar, 2021 Download
SSDG Information Notice No 2 of 2021PDF106.83 KB18 Jan, 2021 Download
SSDG Information Notice for Court Users No 1 of 2021PDF56.84 KB11 Jan, 2021 Download
SSDG Order of Court No 24: Transfer of Solemn Trial Diets and the Lists of Potential JurorsPDF81.82 KB27 Nov, 2020 Download
Guidance for Practitioners and Litigants – Management of Civil Business 22.10.20PDF411.36 KB22 Oct, 2020 Download
Act of Court No 6 (Public Holidays 2021)PDF207.29 KB25 Sep, 2020 Download
Guidance for Practitioners and Litigants - Electronic Submission of Documents 26.08.20PDF111.44 KB26 Aug, 2020 Download
Guidance on Management of Criminal Business 29.07.20PDF193.30 KB29 Jul, 2020 Download
Practice Note no.15 of 2020: Orders in terms of section 11 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995PDF215.76 KB19 Jun, 2020 Download
Practice Note no.14 of 2020: Children’s Referrals and Related Applications under the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2014PDF460.13 KB19 Jun, 2020 Download

Hamilton Sheriff Court is one of the busiest Courts in Scotland.

The oldest part of the Main Building of Hamilton Sheriff Court was built in the time of Queen Victoria. The Civil Building (Birnie House) was acquired by the Scottish Court Service in 2006. Hamilton Justice of the Peace Court was established 2010.

Hamilton Justice of the Peace Court is located in Campbell Street in the centre of the town.

The Sheriff Court deals with three main types of business - Civil, Criminal and Commissary. The Fines Office and Criminal Office are both located within the Main Building. The Civil and Commissary office is located within the Civil Building (Birnie House) In Caird Street.

The Civil Department deals with all matters relating to processing writs in all types of actions and applications parts of process and motions in ordinary, family (including simplified divorces), commercial and personal injury actions all procedures in respect of summary cause including heritable cases and simple procedure actions.

Other civil matters which are dealt with include

  • all procedures relating to civil appeals
  • children referrals
  • diligence
  • adoptions
  • bankruptcy
  • liquidations
  • adults with incapacity applications
  • applications for confirmation of estate when someone dies

Justices of the Peace can sign Warrants and Affidavits Sworn under Oath in respect of persons and addresses within this Sheriffdom. They can also undertake signing and countersigning duties in connection with a range of legal documents, including Statutory Declarations.

Please phone 01698 282957 (Sheriff Court, Main Building) if you wish to make an appointment for the signing of a document before a JP.


Contact Details

Postal address

Sheriff Court House,
4 Beckford Street,


Main telephone

01698 282957

Sheriff Clerk / Main contact

Jackie Powell

All commissary work carried out




Civil Department: 01698 284870

Criminal Department: 01698 201365

Admin Department: 01698 201366


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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.


Beckford Street is well served by public transport. Use journey planner for public transportation information.

By bus

  • Uddingston and Motherwell stops are in Almada Street
  • Bothwell stop is in Keith Street;
  • Strathaven, Stonehouse and Holytown stops are in the town centre bus station
  • East Kilbride stop is in Clydesdale Street
  • Wishaw Harthill and Shotts (change at Shotts for Harthill) stops are in Muir Street (off Almada Street)
  • Larkhall stop is at Cadzow Street
  • Bellshill stop is in Bothwell Road

Information on the times of buses to and from all towns can be obtained at First Group Buses - Hutchison Buses - McKindless Buses or alternatively telephone "Traveline" on 0870 608 2 608.

By rail

The nearest train station to the court is Hamilton West (5 minutes walk) with connections to Hamilton/Larkhall/ Motherwell/Blantyre/Bellshill and Uddingston.

The train station is close to the sheriff court and a direct walk along Clydesdale Street.

Information on the times of trains to and from all stations can be obtained at scotrail or national rail enquiries.

By car

There is no public car park at the courthouse.

There are public car parks on Beckford Street at the junctions of Caird Street and Beckford Street and Beckford Street with Bothwell Street (both 3 minute walks).

These car parks are free but South Lanarkshire council may apply charges in the future.

The car parks are extensively used by the employees of neighbouring businesses.

There are car parks in the town centre (20 mins walk) all of which are pay and display.

There is limited short stay parking (maximum 30 minutes) on Beckford Street opposite the entrance to the sheriff court.

By taxi

There are numerous taxi firms from all of the main towns.

Hamilton sheriff court encourages the use of public transport as part of its commitment to sustainable development.

Jurors should be aware that taxi fares will not be reimbursed.

On Arrival

On arrival at the court please attend at the reception area within the main entrance on Beckford Street. If you're coming to court as a juror, witness or an accused person, please have your citation or other paperwork available in order that we can speedily direct you to the appropriate court or witness room.

All civil matters will be dealt with at the Civil Courts and Offices, Birnie House, Caird Park, Hamilton. Please access the information for the Hamilton civil offices for all information regarding civil courts and offices.

If you are attending for jury duty please come to the main reception where you will be directed to the jury reception desk.


Cafe Lanark provides a snack bar service.

It is situated on the ground floor and is open from 09.00 to 12.45 

There are some restaurants and also shops providing sandwiches etc to take away close to the court.

If you are sitting on a jury, lunch and refreshments will be provided for you if the court sits into the afternoon.

A loop induction service is available in a number of courtrooms for people who have hearing difficulties. Please contact reception if you require to use this facility.

Pay a Fine

Pay a fine online or please come to the reception and you will be directed to the fines office.

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" and send by post to: Scottish Court Service, Central Processing Unit, PO Box 23, Glasgow, G5 9DA

Opening Times

Mon - Thurs 09.00 - 17.00, Fri 09.00 - 16.30

The fines office on the ground floor acts as single transaction point 13.00 - 14.00. Access to the building at this time is via the entrance situated to the left of the main front door of the building.

Public Holidays


January 1, 4

April 2, 5

May 3

June 7

August 16

December 6, 27, 28


Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

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