Selkirk Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

Exterior of the Selkirk Sheriff Court

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The present sheriff courthouse in Ettrick Terrace, designed by David Rhind, opened in 1870 and is widely regarded as one of the most impressive buildings in the town.

The Court has one resident Sheriff and deals with business from an area of the Scottish Borders covering 909 square miles and with a population of 52, 650. 

Contact Details

Postal address

Sheriff Court House,
Ettrick Terrace,
TD7 4LE                

Main telephone

01750 721269

Sheriff Clerk / Main contact

Suj Amarnath 

Admin department contact

If you need a JP to sign documents, please see Signing Documents. For an appointment for JPs to sign documents please contact  01750 721269   .

All commissary work carried out




Jury helpline

01750 721269 - Out of hours jury helpline

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.


Selkirk is on the A7 one of the two main roads in the Scottish Borders. The court location is just outside the town centre near the war memorial. Use the journey planner for public transportation information.

By bus

The only bus which goes direct to and from Selkirk is service number 95 which travels between Edinburgh and Carlisle. Otherwise it is necessary to change buses in Galashiels.

By rail

There is a train service in the Borders which runs from Edinburgh Waverley to Tweedbank where the train terminates. This line also passes through the town of Galashiels.

At both the Galashiels and Tweedbank Train Stations, there are buses available for the onward commute to Selkirk.

By car

No public car parking available. Free parking on the road outside or in a free council run car park just off the Market Square.

By taxi

Nearest taxi companies are in Galashiels.

By air

Nearest airport is Newcastle Airport

On Arrival

On arrival please report to the court officer if he is on duty in the foyer. Otherwise please report to the sheriff clerk's office on the ground floor. If you are attending for jury duty please report to the sheriff clerk's office on the ground floor.

Wheelchair users should park on the main street outside the court house can access the building from the front entrance.


The Anthony Nolan charity runs a tea bar on Monday, Tuesday and alternate Thursdays providing hot and cold drinks and snacks. The tea bar is staffed by volunteers and all profits go to Anthony Nolan. There is also a number of cafe's and tea rooms in the main street.

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 all courtrooms for people who have hearing difficulties.

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 - Thur 09:00 - 17.00
Fri 09:00 - 16.30

Opening hours for the public counters in all Sheriff and Justice of the Peace Courts during the festive period –

Friday 23 December 2022 – 9am to 3.30pm

Wednesday 28 December 2022 – 9am to 5pm

Thursday 29 December 2022 – 9am to 5pm

Friday 30 December 2022 – 9am to 3.30pm

Normal hours resume on Wednesday 4 January 2023

Public Holidays


December 26, 27


January 2, 3
April 7, 10,17
May 1, 8, 15
June 16
September 18
December 4, 25, 26



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