Kirkwall Sheriff Court


Kirkwall Sheriff Court was opened on 27 August 1877. The building was designed by David Bryce, one of Scotland's most important Victorian architects. The courthouse sits between the Historic Scotland sites of the Earls and Bishops Palaces. The building has one courtroom and sheriff chambers as well as office accommodation for the Sheriff clerk depute and the Procurator Fiscal Service.

Kirkwall Sheriff Court covers the whole of the Orkney Islands area.

Visiting Kirkwall Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court - Word version
Visiting Kirkwall Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court - PDF version


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Contact Details

Postal address

Sheriff Court House,
KW15 1PD


Main telephone

01856 872110

Sheriff Clerk / Main contact

Laura Beth Macvie (Depute)

All commissary work carried out


DX   557986 Kirkwall

Jury helpline

01856 872110 is available from 17.00 the day prior to a sitting

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 sheriff court is in the centre of town and public transport is available. Use the journey planner for public transportation information.

On Arrival

On arrival please enter the sheriff clerk's public office, first door on the left. If you are attending for jury duty please come to the public office.

Wheelchair users can access the building via a ramp to the main entrance.

If you have any specific access requirements please contact: Laura Beth Macvie, Sheriff Clerk Depute.

Languageline facilities are available for anyone who requires the support of an interpreter.


There are a number of local cafes and restaurants near to the court building.

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 make a fine payment at the counter of the public 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

Opening Times

Monday to Thursday 09:00 - 16:30 
Friday 09:00 - 16:00

The office closes for lunch between 13:00 - 14:00 

The court sits 7 days a month.


Week 1 – Tuesday Civil; Wednesday Crime

Week 2 – No Court Scheduled

Week 3 – Monday Trials; Tuesday Civil; Wednesday Crime; Thursday Trials; Friday Proofs/Trials (business need dependent)

Week 4 – No Court Scheduled


Court hours 09:00 - 13:00 
24. 27, 30, 31 December 
3 January 

Public Holidays

January 1, 2

April 10, 13

May 8

June 1

August 3

September 28

November 30

December 25, 28


Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

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