Peterhead Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

All Commissary Applications for Peterhead and Banff Sheriff Court jurisdiction should now be lodged at Peterhead Sheriff Court with the exception of dative petitions for Banff Sheriff Court jurisdiction, these should continue to be lodged at Banff Sheriff Court. Commissary business should no longer be sent to Hub Courts for processing.

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.

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The Sheriff Court in Peterhead is situated at the corner of Queen Street and St Peter Street. The courthouse was built in 1869 by architect William Smith and was extended in the late 1990's, as can be seen from the old and new appearance at the front of the building on Queen Street. Further renovation works were undertaken in 2019. The Justice of the Peace court was established in the same building in 2008.
Peterhead Sheriff Court © Crown copyright

Contact Details

Postal address

Queen Street,
AB42 1TP

Main telephone

01779 476676

Main contact:

Sheriff Clerk

All commissary work carried out




Jury helpline

01779 476676 - (with recorded message 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 court building is accessed from Queen Street. Ramp access is available via St Peter Street. Use the journey planner for public transportation information.

By bus

The bus interchange is located on St Peter Street and is a short walk from the court building. For up to date timetables please visit stagecoach.

By rail

Visit ScotRail or National Rail Enquiries for train times.

By car

There is no public car parking available at this court. Queen Street has parking for a limited number of cars with maximum parking time of 45 minutes. There is a pay and display car park on Prince Street which runs parallel to Queen Street.

By taxi

There is a taxioffice on Queen Street.

By air

Aberdeen Airport

On Arrival

On arrival, please report to the main reception which is located on the first floor. You will then be directed from there as to where you require to go in the building. If you are attending for jury duty please come to the main reception where you will be directed to where you require to go in the building.

Wheelchair users can access the building via the ramp from St Peter Street. A lift is available for access to the first floor.


There are a number of local cafes and restaurants within walking distance of court building. If you are chosen to sit 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 both court rooms for people who have hearing difficulties. Please advise the court officer 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 - 17:00, Fri - 09:00 - 16:30.
The office is closed between 13:00 and 14:00 daily for lunch.

The office is closed between 09:00 and 10:00 every Wednesday for staff training.


Public Holidays


January 3, 4
April 15, 18
May 2
June 2, 3
July 4
August 29
December 5, 26, 27


Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

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