Peterhead Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

About the court

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.

Exterior photograph of Peterhead Court
Peterhead Sheriff Court © Crown copyright

Contact the court

Location and postal address

Queen Street
AB42 1TP


01779 476676

Sheriff Clerk




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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

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

The office is closed between 09:00 and 10:00 every Wednesday for team briefings.

The Sheriff Clerks Office will be closed from 13:00 for staff training on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, 17 January
  • Wednesday, 7 February
  • Wednesday, 14 February
  • Wednesday, 13 March
  • Wednesday, 17 April
  • Wednesday, 15 May
  • Wednesday, 19 June
  • Wednesday, 17 July
  • Wednesday, 14 August
  • Wednesday, 18 September
  • Wednesday, 16 October
  • Wednesday, 13 November
  • Wednesday, 18 December

For out of hours applications please contact Aberdeen Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court.

Public holidays


  • Monday, 1 January
  • Tuesday, 2 January
  • Friday, 29 March
  • Monday, 1 April
  • Monday, 6 May
  • Monday, 3 June
  • Monday, 1 July
  • Monday, 26 August
  • Monday, 2 December
  • Wednesday, 25 December
  • Thursday, 26 December

Directions to court

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.

Jurors on a jury

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. If you are chosen to sit on a jury, lunch and refreshments will be provided for you if the court sits into the afternoon.

The following link contains information for people who have been cited to attend as a juror in a court room.


General jury service enquiries should be directed to the jury citation and excusal team as instructed on your citation.


There are a number of local cafes and restaurants within walking distance of court building.


Accessible hearing

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.

Accessible access

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

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
GHI – Order No 1 of 2024 – Return of Solemn Hearings to Sheriff Court BuildingsPDF392.56 KB13 Feb, 2024 Download
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

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