Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

Kirkcaldy Sheriff & JP Court – Offices will be closed between 2.00pm-5.00pm)

Urgent matters/applications during these periods please contact Dunfermline Sheriff Court on 01383 724666 or


Wednesday 1st February 2023

Wednesday 1st March 2023

Wednesday 5th April 2023

Wednesday 3rd May 2023

Wednesday 7th June 2023

Wednesday 5th July 2023

Wednesday 2nd August 2023

Wednesday 6th September 2023

Wednesday 4th October 2023

Wednesday 1st November 2023

Wednesday 6th December 2023

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

Hub Courts for new, first instance custodies

New, first instance custody cases will continue to be heard in hub courts as first instance cases in each Sheriffdom as follows. Thereafter, if a further substantive hearing is assigned this will be to the court of local jurisdiction. 

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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TCF Act of Court No.2 2023PDF50.90 KB25 Jan, 2023 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
Court holidays 2023PDF189.40 KB02 Aug, 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
Order 12 in respect of Solemn business - 18 August 2021PDF360.04 KB18 Aug, 2021 Download
Act of Court 2022PDF180.51 KB13 Aug, 2021 Download
Order 9 in Respect of Summary Criminal BusinessPDF111.37 KB01 Jul, 2021 Download

Court business in Kirkcaldy operates from two court locations.

Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

Sheriff Court House, Whytescauseway, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1XQ

The main location deals with all Civil Business (including Family actions, Heritable actions and Simple Procedure actions). It also deals with summary trials.

The original Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court building was built in 1894, and opened in May of that year. A modern extension was added in 1982, providing additional court rooms, chambers and a room (with library) for the use the local faculty of solicitors.



The Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court Annexe

St. Brycedale Avenue, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1EU

The Annexe deals with all Custody, Intermediate Diet, Cited, Plea and Undertaking business. It also deals with First Diet business
Kirkcaldy Annexe LR

Contact Details

Postal address

All mail should be directed to:
Sheriff Court House,


Main telephone

01592 260171 (select the menu option for each department)

Jury Helpline

01592 208959


Sheriff Clerk / Main contact

Sheriff Clerk - Neil Rawlings


KY 17


01592 642361


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.

If you have any specific access requirements please telephone our Office Manager (if possible in advance) on 01592 260171.


The main Sheriff Courthouse sits prominently on the Town Square, in Kirkcaldy.

The Sheriff Court Annexe building is located on St. Brycedale Avenue, Kirkcaldy. The public entrance is opposite Fife College.

We encourage the use of public transport as part of our commitment to sustainable development. Please use the journey planner for public transportation information.

By bus

Kirkcaldy bus station is situated close to the Town Square. All buses start/end/connect through this terminus. For up to date timetables or to plan your journey visit stagecoach.

By rail

The main train station is situated about 10 minutes walk from the Town Square. Visit ScotRail or National Rail Enquiries for train times.

By car

There is no public parking at either courthouse. Free parking is available at the train station (10 minutes from the court). There is also parking on the esplanade (some free, 10 minutes from the court).

By taxi

The main taxi rank is on Hill Street, at the back of the bus station. This is located through the Town Square, about 5 minutes away.

On Arrival

Please report to reception. If unmanned, please attend at one of our public counters. All Sheriff Court custodies call within the Annexe building from approximately 12 noon onwards.

If you are attending for jury duty, or are a witness in a jury case, please report to the reception point within the Sheriff Court Annexe. For further information and guidance on your jury service please visit: Jurors

If you are attending as a witness in any other case please report to the reception point within the main court building on Whytescauseway. For further information and guidance of attending court as a witness please visit: Witnesses



There is a tea bar on the ground floor of the main Sheriff Court House operated by volunteers of the Anthony Nolan Trust. It is open from 09.00 to 12 noon.

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

Mon - Thurs 09.00 - 17.00, Fri 09.00 - 16.30. A limited lunch cover service is available between 13.00 -14.00.

Public Holidays


January 2, 3
April 7, 10
May 1, 8
June 5
July 17
October  2
December 4, 25, 26



Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

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