Oban Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

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.

Fines can be paid online and by phone. See Fines Payment for latest information.

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)

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.
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Amended Act of Court for public holidays 30 November and Christmas 2020PDF82.12 KB22 Jul, 2020 Download
Transfer Order for transferring criminal business back to local courtsPDF127.69 KB16 Jul, 2020 Download
Civil Business No 5PDF273.35 KB03 Jul, 2020 Download
Electronic submisison of documents No2 26.06.20PDF254.38 KB26 Jun, 2020 Download
Amended Act of Court for Public Holidays in July Aug Sept 2020PDF82.40 KB23 Jun, 2020 Download
Coronavirus Guidance Civil Business No 4PDF357.22 KB11 Jun, 2020 Download
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Coronavirus Guidance - Criminal Business (No 3)PDF156.93 KB19 May, 2020 Download
Amended Act of Court 2020 (Public Holiday Custody Court Sittings)PDF34.93 KB19 May, 2020 Download
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Guidance re SCRA Cases_26 03 20PDF174.13 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download
Coronavirus Guidance - Civil Business (No 1) (24-03-20).pdfPDF142.91 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download
Coronavirus Guidance - Criminal Business (No 1) (updated)PDF145.81 KB01 Apr, 2020 Download
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The Court House is a traditional Court building having been built in the 1890's, and is situated on Albany Street, in the centre of Oban next to the Police Station. There are 2 Courtrooms, the main one on the first floor, and a second smaller one on the ground floor.

The Court has jurisdiction over that part of Argyll and Bute comprising the parishes of Ardchattan, Muckairn, Coll, Colonsay and Oronsay, Craignish, Glenorchy and Innishael, Kilbrandon and Kilchattan, Kilchrenan and Dalavich, Kilfinochen and Kilvickeon, Kilmore and Kilbride, Kilninian and Kilmore, Kilninver and Kilmelford, Lismore and Appin, Tiree, Torosay and that part of Jura consisting of the islands North of the Gulf of Corrievreckan.

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Contact Details

Postal address

Sheriff Court House,
Albany Street,
PA34 4AL


Main telephone

01631 562414

Sheriff Clerk / Main contact

Caroline Brady

Court accepts only the appointment of Executor applications. The recording of Inventories and issuing of Confirmaitons is undertaken at Dumbarton Sheriff Court.

Admin department contact

01631 562414




01631 562037


Jury helpline

01631 562414 (recorded message entered for jurors)

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 courthouse is situated in the centre of Oban, on Albany Street, next to the police station. Use the journey planner for public transportation information.

By bus

Local buses and buses from outlying areas stop at the bus terminus in Station Square, 150 yards from the courthouse. Check timetable online.

By rail

The train station is 200 yards from the courthouse. Visit scotrail or national rail for train times.

By car

There is no public car parking available at the courthouse. There are a limited number of on street meter parking spaces on the streets surrounding the court. There are pay car parking facilities, off Albany Street, off Tweedale Street and on the North Pier. There is a free car park at Lochavullin Road. All are within a 10 minute walk from the court.

By taxi

There is a taxi rank in Station Square, a few minutes walk from the court.

On Arrival

All visitors should report to the Sheriff Clerk's Office, which is immediately on the left hand side as you enter the building. If you attending for jury duty please report to the sheriff clerk's office.

There is signposted disabled access to the rear of the building. Visitors are asked to ring a bell to gain access. This access is covered by CCTV cameras visible from the sheriff clerk's office.


There are drinks vending machines in the witness rooms. There are cafes, restaurants and hotels which serve food all day, within a few minutes walking distance from 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 the courtrooms for people who have hearing difficulties. Please advise the sheriff clerk's staff if you require to use this facility.

Pay a Fine

Pay a fine online or you can pay at the sheriff clerk's 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

The Fines Enforcement Officer is based at Dumbarton Sheriff Court, and can be contacted by telephone on 01389 736420

Opening Times

Mon to Thurs 09:00- 13:00, 14:00 - 17:00, Fri 09:00 - 1300, 14:00 - 16:30.

Office will be closed for staff training at 1.00 pm on the dates below

5 March 2020

30 April 2020

25 June 2020

20 August 2020

15 October 2020

10 December 2020

Public Holidays

January 1, 2

April 10, 13

May 8, 25

July 27

September 7

November 30

December 25, 28


Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

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