Inverness Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

Inverness Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court will be moving to the Inverness Justice Centre on 30 March 2020. Find out more and check for updates here.

Inverness Sheriff and Justice of the Peace Court is the second largest Court within the Sheriffdom of Grampian Highland and Islands.

The Court building is an imposing listed building situated at the top of a hill overlooking Inverness in the City Centre area. The Castle was erected in two parts in 1834 and 1846.


There is currently no pedestrian access to the building on the Castle Wynd (North side) of the court.

Alternative access will be from View Place which is the vehicle access side to the building the (South Side), there is an alternative path along the far side wall which pedestrian can also use.

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Contact Details

Postal address

Sheriff Court House,
The Castle,


Main telephone

01463 230782

Sheriff Clerk / Main contact

Ruth Thomson

All commissary work carried out




01463 710602


General enquiries:

Fines enforcement team:

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.


The court is situated at the top of Castle Wynd in the city centre area of Inverness.

By bus

The bus station for out of town services is at Farraline Park (at the end of Margaret Street and Strothers Lane). Many local buses stop in Castle Street near to the court.

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 car

There is no public car parking at the court house, except for one disabled space shared with the local authority. If you wish to use this space, please make prior contact with the court.

There are multi-storey car parks at Rose Street and the Eastgate shopping centre. There is limited on-street parking on Castle Street (ticket machines).

By taxi

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

By air

Inverness Airport is 9/10 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.

If you are attending for jury duty please report at reception.

There is disabled access at the side of the building. A lift is available for use by people with restricted mobility and there are disabled toilet facilities and parking; If you have any specific access requirements please contact the sheriff clerk's office.


For those attending as jurors, tea, coffee and water are available in the jury room and for those selected to serve on the jury, lunch is served in the jury room supplied by caterers.

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 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

Pay a fine online or at the fines payment office is on the first floor of the main building.

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 Court Service, Central Processing Unit, PO Box 23, Glasgow, G5 9DA

Fines enforcement: 0845 6025228

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.
 - Please note Sheriff Clerks Office will be closed between 1.00pm and 2.30pm on 13th and 20th September.

Due to staff training, each Friday, the Sheriff Clerk's Office will now open at 10.00.


Public Holidays

January 1, 2

April 10, 13

May 8

July 6

August 24

October 5

November 30

December 25, 28


Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

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