Peterhead 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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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.

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Contact Details

Postal address

Queen Street,
AB42 1TP


Main telephone

01779 476676

Sheriff Clerk / Main contact

Tracey McDonald

All commissary work carried out




01779 472435


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

Pay a fine online or pay a fine at the reception on the first floor.

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

0845 6025228

Opening Times

Mon - Thurs 09:00 - 17:00, Fri - 09:00 - 16:30. Between 13:00 and 14:00 this office operates a counter only service and the telephones will not be manned.

Public Holidays

January 1, 2

April 10, 13

May 8

June 1

July 6

August 31

November 30

December 25, 28


Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

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