Lerwick Sheriff Court

Exterior view of the Lerwick Sheriff Court

Hearings continue to call at Lerwick Sheriff Court

Jury trials which would otherwise call at Lerwick Sheriff Court were transferred to Aberdeen or Peterhead from July this year, due to the ongoing staffing challenges being faced by GEOAmey. 

We would like to make it clear that all other hearings, including summary trials and civil hearings will still call at Lerwick Sheriff Court. Please only attend Aberdeen or Peterhead Sheriff Court if you have received a citation requiring you to do so.  

The Order published in July requires new jury trials which would have called at Stornoway, Lerwick, Kirkwall, Portree and Lochmaddy Sheriff Courts to call at Inverness, Aberdeen or Peterhead Sheriff Courts instead.

Sheriff Principal Pyle has this order under constant review and is consulting with justice partners with a view to returning jury trials to island courts when practically possible.


Latest covid-19 information

Please check the latest covid-19 information.

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.

FileTypeSizeUploaded onDownload
GHI Act of Court No 4 of 2023PDF46.42 KB26 Sep, 2023 Download
GHI Act of Court No 2 of 2022 - Public & Court Holidays 2023PDF709.35 KB28 Nov, 2022 Download
GHI Act of Court No 2 of 2023 – Public Holidays 2023 AmendmentPDF492.67 KB22 Aug, 2023 Download
GHI Act of Court No 3 of 2023 – Public Holidays 2024PDF501.26 KB22 Aug, 2023 Download
GHI - Order No. 3 of 2023 - Transfer of Island Court Trials to Sheriffdom Hub CourtsPDF401.16 KB19 Jul, 2023 Download
GHI Act of Court No 1 of 2023PDF32.64 KB10 Feb, 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
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
Guidance Civil No 2PDF244.24 KB19 Jun, 2020 Download
Electronic submission of documents Civil No 4 of 2020PDF104.73 KB26 Jun, 2020 Download
Guidance for Practitioners and Litigants - Adoption Proceedings GHIPDF104.39 KB21 May, 2021 Download
Civil Guidance - Video Conference CallPDF126.59 KB03 Sep, 2021 Download
2022 Custody DirectionPDF239.43 KB19 Oct, 2021 Download



Postal address

King Erik Street,


Main telephone

01595 693914

Sheriff Clerk / Main contact

Janet Hunter

All commissary work carried out


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

Local and out of town buses stop at Viking bus station. Timetables are available at online.

By car

There is no public parking available at the court house. There are a number of car parks within the town centre which are clearly sign posted.

By taxi

There is no taxi rank at the court. Taxis can be found at Victoria Pier.

By air

The nearest Airport is in Sumburgh which is approximately 25 miles from Lerwick.

On Arrival

When you arrive at the sheriff court, please report to the sheriff clerk's office on the ground floor. Jurors should initially report to the sheriff clerk's office where you will be guided to the courtroom.

If you have any mobility issues, please contact 01595 693914 prior to attending as the courtroom is on the second floor of the building.


There are a number of hotels, restaurants and coffee shops within walking distance of the court house.

If you are sitting on a jury, lunch and refreshments will be provided if the court sits onto the afternoon.

A loop induction service is available in all courtrooms for people who have hearing difficulties. Please contact 01595 693914 if you require to use this facility.

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 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:30, Fri 09:00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:00

Mon 19th December

Tues 20th December

Weds 21st December

Thurs 22nd December

Fri 23rd December

Normal Opening Hours

Normal Opening Hours

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Mon 26th December

Tues 27th December

Weds 28th December

Thurs 29th December

Fri 30th December

Court Holiday

Court Holiday




Mon 2nd January

Tues 3rd January

Weds 4th January

Thurs 5th January

Fri 6th January

Court Holiday


Court Holiday

Normal Opening Hours

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We will be closed every fourth Friday from 1pm for staff training. 
This will commence from 13 January 2023.  A service for emergency applications will be maintained

Public Holidays


December 26, 27


January 2, 3
February 1
April 7, 10
May 1, 8
June 5
August 14
December 4, 25, 26








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