Kilmarnock 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
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Amended Act of Court 2020 (Public Holiday Custody Court Sittings)PDF34.93 KB19 May, 2020 Download
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Coronavirus Guidance - Civil Business (No 1) (24-03-20).pdfPDF142.91 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download
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The Kilmarnock Sheriff Court building opened to the public in December 1986. It is one of the busiest courts in Scotland. The Justice of the Peace Court was established in the same building in 2010.

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Kilmarnock Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

Contact Details

Postal address

Sheriff Court House,
St Marnock Street,

Main telephone

01563 550024

Sheriff Clerk/Main contact

Caroline McShane

Please direct all routine enquiries to or, if your enquiry is of an urgent nature, please call 01563 556559

Admin department contact

Alan Kerr - Criminal Office Manager - 01563 556556

Tracy McLellan - Civil Office Manager - 01563 554526


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Our fax machine is currently out of order,Please e-mail any correspondence to Sorry for any inconvenience.


Jury helpline

Jury Helpline - 01563 550034 (with recorded message for Jurors - updated messages are accessible after 17:00 the day prior to the date of citation) on the Friday prior to your citation date. Further updates may be added daily after the date of citation. You will be advised if you require to call this number again by the Sheriff / Clerk of Court.

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.


Use the journey planner for public transportation information.

By bus

Kilmarnock Sheriff Court is well served by public transport. Suitable stops are situated on St Marnock Street and John Finnie Street. For up to date timetables or to plan your journey visit stagecoach website

By rail

The nearest train station is approximately a ten minute walk. Visit ScotRail or National Rail Enquiries for train times.

By car

Please note that there is no public car parking available at this court. There are electronic signs on route to the court displaying spaces available in nearby car parks. St Marnock Street itself has a limited number of pay and display parking spaces (2 hours max). Blue badge holders can also park within this area without restriction. On street parking is available on Dundonald Road and Portland Road upon purchase of a ticket from the nearest ticket machine. The current cost is 80p / hour.

By taxi

There is a taxi rank situated on John Finnie Street and also at the bus station.

By air

The nearest airport is Prestwick Airport( 11 miles) There is a bus stance outside the airport which arrives at Kilmarnock bus station. From there, the court building is a ten minute walk. For up to date timetables or to plan your journey.

On Arrival

On arrival, please report to the main reception. You will be directed from there as to where you need to go in the building. On occasion, when entering the building, you may be asked to pass through airport type screening and your bags or briefcases may be searched.

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

There is disabled access at the front of the building and a lift is available within the building. If you have any specific access requirements please contact the sheriff clerk. 


There is a cafe on the first floor which provides meals and light refreshments. This is open from 09.00 to 14:00 Monday to Friday. There are a number of local cafes, restaurants and takeaways a short walk from the court building. A vending machine is located on the ground floor providing cold drinks.

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 court if you require to use this facility.

Pay a Fine

Pay a fine online or you can come to the reception and you will be directed to the fines payment 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" send by post to: Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service, Central Processing Unit, PO Box 23, Glasgow, G5 9DA

Payment of fines: 01563 550024 - Option 1 Douglas Harrow, Fines Enforcement Officer

The Fines and Public Counters will close at 1.00pm on Thursday 24th January 2019

Opening Times

The court building is open Mon -Thurs from 08.30 - 17.00, Fri 08.30 - 16.30 

Switchboard is from Mon -Thurs from 08.30 - 17.00, Fri 08.30 - 16.30

Office opening times: Mon -Thurs from 09.00 - 17.00, Fri 09.00 - 16.30 -

Please note that the public and fines counters  close at 1.00 pm on the first Wednesday of each month


Public Holidays

January 1, 2

April 10, 13

May 8, 25

July 6

September 21

November 30

December 25, 28


Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

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