Inverness Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace 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.

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.

FileTypeSizeUploaded onDownload
2022 Custody DirectionPDF239.43 KB19 Oct, 2021 Download
COP26 Order No 6 of 2021PDF347.29 KB12 Oct, 2021 Download
Civil Guidance - Video Conference CallPDF126.59 KB03 Sep, 2021 Download
Guidance for Practitioners and Litigants - Adoption Proceedings GHIPDF104.39 KB21 May, 2021 Download
Order No 5 of 2021 - Summary criminal business PDF161.29 KB29 Mar, 2021 Download
Order no 1 of 2021 Summary Criminal Business - Virtual TrialsPDF113.59 KB12 Mar, 2021 Download
Order no 4 of 2020 - Custody CourtsPDF77.74 KB10 Mar, 2021 Download
Order in respect of Summary Criminal Business Refixing DietsPDF157.55 KB25 Feb, 2021 Download
Order in respect of Summary Criminal and Justice of the Peace Business letter pleasPDF102.57 KB18 Jan, 2021 Download
Order in respect of Summary Criminal Business Refixing DietsPDF137.88 KB11 Jan, 2021 Download
Order by Sheriff Principal D C W PylePDF161.52 KB24 Nov, 2020 Download
Order No 4 2020 In Relation to Proceedings on IndictmentPDF247.28 KB24 Nov, 2020 Download
Proceedings on Indictment Order No 4 2020 PDF351.99 KB27 Oct, 2020 Download
Custody Order PDF70.68 KB04 Aug, 2020 Download
Order Transfer Proceedings No 3PDF182.37 KB30 Jun, 2020 Download
Electronic submission of documents Civil No 4 of 2020PDF104.73 KB26 Jun, 2020 Download
Electronic submission of documentsPDF195.62 KB19 Jun, 2020 Download
Guidance Civil No 2PDF244.24 KB19 Jun, 2020 Download
Guidance Summary Business No 2PDF182.91 KB11 Jun, 2020 Download
Order for Criminal Business GHIPDF89.85 KB20 Apr, 2020 Download
Order Transfer of Proceedings SP Pyle No2PDF93.16 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download
Order Transfer of Proceedings SP Pyle No 1PDF96.17 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download
Civil Guidance GHIPDF117.55 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download
Guidance Summary Business GHIPDF71.80 KB01 Apr, 2020 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. 


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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

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. 

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.

Public Holidays


January 1, 4
April 2, 5
May 3
July 5
August 23
October 4
December 6, 27, 28


Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

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