Paisley Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

About the court

Paisley Sheriff Court has occupied the building in St James Street since 1885 and was extended in 1998 to house the Sheriffs, Scottish Court Service staff and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service staff. In 2011, the Justice of the Peace Court, relocated to the St James Street building.

Exterior of the Paisley Sheriff Court

Contact the court

Location and postal address

St James Street


0141 887 5291. If you know the extension number you require, press the # key followed by the 6 digit extension number.

Sheriff Clerk

Fiona Smith

Civil department contact

0141 887 5291 – Option 2 

Criminal department contact

0141 887 5291 – Option 1 




0141 887 6702


Jury helpline

0800 7319088 - (no facility to leave messages)

Difficulty using the phone

Phone interpreter

A phone interpreter service is available when you contact a court by phone or attend in person. To access this service ask for phone interpreter and the language required.

The phone interpreter service is not available during actual court proceedings.

Text relay service

If you are deaf, have hearing loss or are speech impaired you can contact us for free with Relay UK.

British Sign Language (BSL)

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 Contact Scotland BSL website.

Opening times

The Sheriff Clerk's office is open as follows:

  • Monday to Thursday from 09:00 to 17:00
  • Friday from 09:00 to 16:30

The office and public counters will closed between 1.45pm – 3pm on Monday 10 June 2024

Any urgent enquiries should be emailed to and


Public holidays


  • January 1, 2
  • March 29
  • April 1
  • May 6, 27
  • August 5
  • September 30
  • December 2, 25, 26


St James Street is a short walk from Gilmour Street train station and the main bus station. Use the journey planner for public transportation information.


By bus

Contact Traveline Scotland for all public transport enquiries and assistance on 0871 200 22 33 or visit Traveline Scotland.

By rail

The main train station is Paisley Gilmour Street which is a short walk from the The Sheriff court. Trains run to and from Glasgow regularly. Visit scotrail or national rail for train times.

By car

There is no public car park at the court. Travel by public transport is recommended. public car parking pay and display facilities are available in Glen Street and Glen Lane which are close to the court building.

By taxi

Taxis are available at the train station.

By air

Glasgow Airport

On arrival

On arrival you should report to reception where you will be directed to the appropriate court, waiting room or office. A metal detector portal is located in the entrance of the building and you must pass through security before you enter the reception area.

If you require assistance in accessing the building, please contact reception in advance of your visit 0141 887 5291.There is work in progress to provide unassisted access for wheelchair users at the main entrance. 

On arrival, jurors should report to the reception desk where you will be directed to the appropriate court or waiting room.

Access for wheelchair users is at the side of the building through a gate to the left of the main entrance. Please contact reception on 0141 887 5291 if you wish to use this access.


There is tea bar run by a children's charity, Beanfeast, next to the main reception area. It is open each day until 13.00. Please note that you will not be able to bring any drinks or hot food into the building.

If you are sitting on a jury, lunch and refreshments will be provided for you if the court sits into the afternoon. Tea and coffee making facilities and chilled water are available in the jury rooms.

A fixed loop induction service is available at all reception counters and portable mobile loop induction service are available for all courtrooms for people who have hearing difficulties. Please contact reception on 0141 887 5291, if possible, in advance of your attendance if you require to use this facility.

Sheriffdom orders

The following Sheriffdom guidance, information and practice notes apply to this court. Please also refer to the Rules of Court and the Sheriffs Principal Guidance.

FileTypeSizeUploaded onDownload
Sheriffdom of North Strathclyde - Act of Court No. 2 of 2024PDF232.18 KB04 Jun, 2024 Download
Sheriffdom of North Strathclyde - Act of Court No. 5 of 2023PDF61.51 KB26 Sep, 2023 Download
Amending Act of Court No. 3 of 2023PDF116.08 KB23 Aug, 2023 Download
Order 1 of 2023 Lochgilphead and DunoonPDF61.56 KB14 Aug, 2023 Download
No 2 of 2023 - Court holidays and custody arrangments 2024PDF237.06 KB27 Jun, 2023 Download
Amendment to Kilmarnock Court HolidaysPDF60.54 KB13 Jun, 2023 Download
Amending Act of Court No 1 of 2023 - Court holidays and custody court arrangements - Monday 8 May 2023PDF79.76 KB23 Jan, 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
Order No. 9 of 2022 - PDF versionPDF78.78 KB03 Oct, 2022 Download
Order No. 4 of 2022 - Act of CourtPDF86.09 KB16 Sep, 2022 Download
Act of Court Holidays 2023PDF260.76 KB22 Jul, 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
North Strathclyde Order of Court No 2 of 2022PDF45.27 KB06 Jun, 2022 Download
JP Court restart and transfer of LGH JP Court businessPDF49.74 KB19 May, 2022 Download
Electronic submisison of documents No2 26.06.20PDF254.38 KB19 May, 2022 Download
Civil Business No 5PDF273.35 KB19 May, 2022 Download
Amended Act of Court for Public Holidays in July Aug Sept 2020PDF82.40 KB19 May, 2022 Download
Coronavirus Guidance Civil Business No 4PDF357.22 KB19 May, 2022 Download
Coronavirus Order No. 4 - Criminal Business - 1 June 2020PDF236.20 KB19 May, 2022 Download

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