Inverness Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

Inverness Sheriff Court

The Inverness Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court moved to the Inverness Justice Centre on 30 March 2020. Find out more and check for updates on the new centre here.

If you want to pay your fine or would like information and advice please visit our Pay a Fine page.  


Sheriffdom orders

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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GHI Act of Court No 1 of 2023PDF32.64 KB10 Feb, 2023 Download
GHI Act of Court No 2 of 2022 - Public & Court Holidays 2023PDF709.35 KB28 Nov, 2022 Download
Final - Sheriffs Principal Guidance for Court Users - Electronic Submission of Documents PDF227.19 KB24 Oct, 2022 Download
PN no.3 of 2022 - PIDM (003)PDF361.90 KB19 Oct, 2022 Download
Management of Proceedings in the Sheriff Courts (July 2022)PDF181.07 KB20 Jul, 2022 Download
Guidance for Court Users - Child Welfare HearingsPDF172.56 KB13 Jul, 2022 Download
Management of Summary Cause Proceedings Housing (Scotland) Act 2001PDF193.24 KB11 Jul, 2022 Download
Guidance Civil No 2PDF244.24 KB19 Jun, 2020 Download
Electronic submission of documents Civil No 4 of 2020PDF104.73 KB26 Jun, 2020 Download
Guidance for Practitioners and Litigants - Adoption Proceedings GHIPDF104.39 KB21 May, 2021 Download
Civil Guidance - Video Conference CallPDF126.59 KB03 Sep, 2021 Download
2022 Custody DirectionPDF239.43 KB19 Oct, 2021 Download

The Inverness Justice Centre opened on 30 March to enable Inverness Sheriff and Justice Of the Peace Court to operate as a hub court during the Coronavirus outbreak. 


Contact Details

Postal address

The Inverness Justice Centre
Longman Road

Main telephone

01463 230782

Sheriff Clerk / Main contact

Ruth Thomson

All commissary work carried out




01463 710602


General enquiries:

Juror Enquiries:

Jury helpline

01463 230782

Opening Times

The court building is open Mon -Thurs 09:00 - 17:00 and Fri 09:00 - 16:30 or until close of court business.

Sheriff Clerk's Office opening times: Mon - Thu 09:00 - 17:00, Fri 10:00 - 16:30.

The Sheriff Clerk’s Office will close at 1pm on each of the following Wednesdays, for staff training:

25 January

22 February

22 March

19 April

17 May

14 June

12 July

9 August

6 September

4 October

1 November

29 November

Any urgent queries should be E-mailed to:  Out of hours procedures should be followed in the event of emergency civil applications.

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.


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By rail

The train station is situated on Academy Street approximately a quarter of a mile from the court and about a five minute walk. Visit ScotRail or National Rail Enquiries for train times.

By taxi

The main taxi rank is at Academy Street, adjacent to the train station.

By air

Inverness Airport is 10 miles east of Inverness. Travelling east along the A96 (Inverness to Aberdeen main route) the access road to the airport is well signposted. There are regular flights to a number of Scottish airports.

On Arrival

On arrival, please report at reception on ground floor in the main building. In the event that reception is unattended, please go to to the public offices on the first floor.

You may be screened by hand held scanners and baggage checks may also be made.

Jurors should read their citation for instructions on attendance at the Inverness Remote Jury Centre and should not attend at The Inverness Justice Centre at the moment.

There is disabled access and parking at the front of the building for those with mobility issues and a blue badge holder only. A lift is available for use by people with restricted mobility and there are disabled toilet facilities; If you have any specific access requirements please contact the sheriff clerk's office. There is no general public parking. The nearest public parking is at Rose Street.


For those attending as jurors at the remote jury centre, tea, coffee and water are available for those selected to serve on the jury and lunch will be supplied by caterers. Jurors will can alert the clerk of court to any dietary requires.

A loop induction service is available in all courtrooms for people who have hearing difficulties. Please contact the sheriff clerk's office prior to your attendance at court, or a court officer on arrival at the building, if you require to use this facility.

Pay a Fine

If you want to pay your fine or would like information and advice please visit our Pay a Fine page. 

Public Holidays


January 2, 3
April 7, 10
May 1, 8,
July 3
September 21
October 2
December 4, 25, 26


Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

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