Lochmaddy Sheriff Court

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Lochmaddy Sheriff Court is not currently manned full-time. Please contact 01478 612191 before travelling to attend and if you are unable to obtain an answer on that number, please contact Inverness Sheriff Court on 01463 230782 where a member of staff will assist you

Important arrangements during the Coronavirus outbreak

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.

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



Guidance was issued on 29 April 2020 stating that all commissary would restart from 1 May 2020 and sent to the relevant hub courts.

Small estate interviews are not taking place within the court buildings at this time, please contact your local Sheriff Court for more information and guidance.

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.

Glasgow and Strathkelvin

Glasgow Sheriff and JP Court

Lothian and Borders

Lothian and Borders no longer operates the Hub court system. All business, including first instance custody cases, has returned to local courts.

Edinburgh Sheriff and JP Court
Livingston Sheriff and JP Court
Jedburgh Sheriff and JP Court
Selkirk Sheriff and JP Court

Tayside, Central and Fife

Dundee  Sheriff and JP Court (business transferring from Forfar and Perth)
Falkirk Sheriff and JP Court (business transferring from Stirling and Alloa)
Kirkcaldy Sheriff and JP Court (business transferring from Dunfermline)
Perth Sheriff and JP Court (from 2 November, for the Perth jurisdiction only)

Grampian, Highland and Islands

Inverness Sheriff and JP Court (business transferring from Elgin, Fort William, Portree, Tain and Wick. Island custody courts will be dealt with on a case by case basis)
Aberdeen Sheriff and JP Court (business transferring from Peterhead and Banff)

North Strathclyde

Paisley Sheriff and JP Court
Kilmarnock Sheriff and JP Court 
Greenock Sheriff and JP Court (business transferring from Dunoon)
Dumbarton Sheriff Court and JP Court (business transferring from Oban and Campbeltown)

South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway

Ayr Sheriff Court and JP Court
Hamilton Sheriff Court and JP Court 
Dumfries Sherrif Court and JP Court (business transferring from Stranraer)
Airdrie Sheriff Court and JP Court (business transferring from Lanark)

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.

FileTypeSizeUploaded onDownload
Order in respect of Summary Criminal and Justice of the Peace Business letter pleasPDF102.57 KB18 Jan, 2021 Download
Order in respect of Summary Criminal Business Refixing DietsPDF137.88 KB11 Jan, 2021 Download
Order by Sheriff Principal D C W PylePDF161.52 KB24 Nov, 2020 Download
Order No 4 2020 In Relation to Proceedings on IndictmentPDF247.28 KB24 Nov, 2020 Download
Proceedings on Indictment Order No 4 2020 PDF351.99 KB27 Oct, 2020 Download
Custody Order PDF70.68 KB04 Aug, 2020 Download
Order Transfer Proceedings No 3PDF182.37 KB30 Jun, 2020 Download
Electronic submission of documents Civil No 4 of 2020PDF104.73 KB26 Jun, 2020 Download
Electronic submission of documentsPDF195.62 KB19 Jun, 2020 Download
Guidance Civil No 2PDF244.24 KB19 Jun, 2020 Download
Guidance Summary Business No 2PDF182.91 KB11 Jun, 2020 Download
Order for Criminal Business GHIPDF89.85 KB20 Apr, 2020 Download
Order Transfer of Proceedings SP Pyle No2PDF93.16 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download
Order Transfer of Proceedings SP Pyle No 1PDF96.17 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download
Civil Guidance GHIPDF117.55 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download
Guidance Summary Business GHIPDF71.80 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download

Lochmaddy Sheriff Court is situated in the village of Lochmaddy in the Isle of North Uist in the Western Isles. The court jurisdiction covers the islands of North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist, Eriskay, Barra, Vatersay and Berneray.
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Contact Details


Sheriff Court House, Lochmaddy, Isle of North Uist, HS6 5AE


Postal address

Please Note: All mail should be posted to the Sheriff Clerk’s Office, Sheriff Courthouse, Somerled Square, Portree, Isle of Skye, IV51 9EH

Main telephone

01478 612191

01876 500340

Sheriff Clerk / Main contact

Stewart Retsis


01478 613203


Jury helpline

01876 500340 (recorded message)

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.


Public transport to the court is very limited. Use journey planner for public transportation information.

By bus

There is no direct bus service to the court.

By car

There is no public car park at the court. There are parking places at the local community hall next to the court.

By taxi

  • 01870 602277
  • 07879 221414
  • 01876 500215
  • 01870 602277
  • 01870 603197

By air

The nearest airport is at Balivanich on Benbecula(tel 01870 602051).

The airport is situated approximately 30 minutes drive from the court. By ferry: Contact Caledonian MacBrayne online at or0800 066 5000 (freephone).

On Arrival

On arrival please report to the Sheriff Clerk's office. You will be directed from there to where you need to go in the building. There is disabled access at the side of the building. If you have any specific access requirements please contact 01478 612191.

The office is only open every fourth Tuesday and Wednesday when the court is sitting. At other times please contact the Sheriff Clerk's office in Portree on 01478 612191.If you have a text phone you can contact the court using Text Relay.A phone based interpreter service is available - ask for Language Line and the language required.


There are a small number of cafes and hotels near to the court building where meals and snacks can be purchased. There are no refreshment facilities at the court. 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 01876 500340 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

Every fourth Tuesday 09:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 18:00, and every fourth Wednesday09:00 to 11:00. At other times contact the Sheriff Clerk's office in Portree on 01478 612191 or e-mail

Public Holidays


November 30
December 25, 28


January 1, 4
April 2, 5
May 3
June 7
August 16
September 13
December 6, 27, 28



Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

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