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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.


 

Kirkwall Sheriff Court © Crown copyright

Contact Details

Postal address

Sheriff Court House,
Watergate,
Kirkwall,
Orkney,
KW15 1PD

 

Main telephone

01856 872110

Sheriff Clerk / Main contact

Laura Beth Macvie (Depute)

Legal post

LP - 7, Kirkwall

Email

kirkwall@scotcourts.gov.uk

Accessibility contact

If you have a text phone you can contact the court using Text Relay.

If you require the support of an interpreter when you contact a court, a phone based service is available - ask for Language Line and the language required.

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. www.contactscotland-bsl.org

 

Jury helpline

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


Directions

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.

Facilities

There are hot beverage machines and water cooler in the waiting rooms for use by those attending court. 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 - 16:30

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

The court sits 4 days a fortnight, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and a Thursday. The court commences at 11.30 on a Monday and 10.00 the rest of the week. Civil business will call on a Monday. Criminal business will call on a Tuesday and Wednesday. Civil and Criminal business may call on a Thursday.

For information purposes: the civil day will change to a Monday commencing 11 January 2016 with criminal business calling on a Tuesday and Wednesday. Civil and Criminal business may call on a Thursday.

 


Public Holidays

2017

November 27
December 25, 26 

2018

January 1. 2
March 30
April 2
May 7
June 4
July 30
October 1
December 3, 25, 26

 

Complaints

Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

Useful Links

Accessibility

If you have a text phone you can contact the court using Text Relay.

If you require the support of an interpreter when you contact a court, a phone based service is available - ask for Language Line and the language required.

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