Stirling Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

About the court

Stirling Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court serves a population of approximately 45,000 within the district of Stirling. The courthouse is located in the city centre and opened in 1875. In 2009 the Justice of the Peace Court was established in the same building.

Exterior of the Stirling Sheriff Court

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Location and postal address

Sheriff Court House
Viewfield Place

Sheriff Clerk

John Bicket





01786 462191

  • Option 1 – Civil, Summary Cause, Simple Procedure, Commissary and Small Estates enquiries
  • Option 2 – Criminal, Fines, Jury Payments, CAO’s and Diligence enquiries
  • Option 3 – Jury Service Attendance enquiries
  • Option 4 – All other enquiries

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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

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 Sheriff Clerk's office is closed from 14:00 to 17:00 on:

  • Thursday, 11 January 2024
  • Wednesday, 7 February 2024
  • Thursday, 7 March 2024
  • Wednesday, 3 April 2024
  • Thursday, 2 May 2024
  • Wednesday, 29 May 2024 
  • Thursday, 27 June 2024
  • Wednesday, 24 July 2024
  • Thursday, 22 August 2024
  • Wednesday, 18 September 2024
  • Thursday, 17 October 2024
  • Wednesday, 13 November 2024
  • Thursday, 12 December 2024

For urgent matters and applications when the office is closed please contact:

Alloa Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court
Phone: 01259 722734

Public holidays


  • January 1, 2
  • March 29
  • April 1
  • May 6
  • July 1
  • August 5
  • September 9
  • December 2, 25, 26

New, first instance custodies

New, first instance custody cases will be heard in all eight Tayside, Central and Fife Sheriff and Justice of the Peace (JP) Courts:

  • Alloa Sheriff and JP Court
  • Stirling Sheriff and JP Court
  • Falkirk Sheriff and JP Court
  • Dunfermline Sheriff and JP Court
  • Kirkcaldy Sheriff and JP Court
  • Perth Sheriff and JP Court
  • Dundee Sheriff and JP Court
  • Forfar Sheriff and JP Court

Unless the above court is closed for a public holiday, where by the following hub courts will be in operation:

  • Falkirk Sheriff and JP Court (covers Alloa, Stirling and Falkirk custodies)
  • Kirkcaldy Sheriff and JP Court (covers Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy custodies)
  • Dundee Sheriff and JP Court (covers Perth, Dundee and Forfar custodies)

Justice of the Peace (JP) Signings

Justice of the Peace (JP) Signings by appointment only. Please book an appointment in advance by phoning the Sheriff Clerk’s Office.


Guidance was issued on 29 April 2020 stating that all commissary would restart from 1 May 2020 and sent to the relevant hub courts.

All commissary applications will be processed locally within all of the courts within Tayside Central and Fife.

Small estate interviews are not taking place within the court buildings at this time, please contact your local Sheriff Court for more information and guidance.

Directions to the court

Viewfield Place is well served by public transport with many public amenities being located close by. Use the journey planner for public transportation information.


By bus

Stirling bus station is approximately a quarter of a mile from the courthouse off Goosecroft Road.

By rail

Stirling train station is about a quarter of a mile from the courthouse off Burghmuir Road. Visit ScotRail or National Rail Enquiries for train times.

By car

There is no public car parking available at the courthouse. Parking is available at the Thistle Centre and near to the train station. Within 5 minutes walk from the courthouse there are a number of pay and display parking places on Queen Street and free on-street parking in Cowane Street.

By taxi

There are taxi ranks situated at the train station and at the entrance to the Thistle Shopping Centre.

On arrival

When you arrive at the courthouse please report to the reception desk. There are notice boards and a screen in the main foyer showing in which court a case is calling. There are 4 courtrooms. Courts 1 and 3 are located upstairs. Court 2 is on the ground floor and court 4 is on basement level.


If you are attending for jury duty please come to the main reception where you will be directed to the courtroom. If you are sitting on a jury, lunch and refreshments will be provided for you if the court sits into the afternoon.


Water is available. There are cafes and bakeries within easy reach of the court.


Accessible hearing

A loop induction service is available in all courtrooms. Please contact the office manager if you require using this facility.

Accessible access

A ramp provides alternative access for wheelchairs operated by a buzzer and monitor system.

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
2024 PN No 1 - SCM Perth Sheriff CourtPDF595.33 KB24 Apr, 2024 Download
Tayside, Central and Fife Guidance for court users appearing from custody Sep 2023PDF24.24 KB26 Sep, 2023 Download
Tayside Central and Fife Order No. 1 of 2023PDF136.73 KB26 Sep, 2023 Download
Act of Court -amended 2024 (signed)PDF186.42 KB17 Aug, 2023 Download
Act of Court -amended 2023 (signed)PDF188.37 KB17 Aug, 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
Court holidays 2023PDF189.40 KB02 Aug, 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
Act of Court 2022PDF180.51 KB13 Aug, 2021 Download

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