Stranraer Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

Please Note: The public counter is closed and there is no counter service until further notice. The court is still operating.

Stranraer Sheriff Court opened to the public on 15 January 1874 and was extensively refurbished in 1981. The Court currently has one Resident Sheriff, two Court Rooms and covers the District of Wigtownshire.

Stranraer Sheriff Court © Crown copyright

Contact Details

Postal address

Sheriff Clerk’s Office,
Lewis Street,

Main telephone

01776 702138 

Sheriff Clerk / Main contact

Rachel Grant

All commissary work carried out




01776 706792


Jury information line

01776 706135

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.


Use the journey planner for public transportation information.

By Ferry

The Stena Terminal is located 6 miles from the sheriff court at Cairnryan. Taxis are in attendance for ferry arrivals and must be ordered. The P&O Ferry Terminal is located at Cairnryan which is 6 miles from the sheriff court.

By bus

Buses from outlying areas stop at Port Rodie, within 10 minutes walking distance from the sheriff court. Local buses stop at Port Rodie. For timetables visit the website.

By rail

The train station is three quarters of a mile from the sheriff court. Taxi's are in attendance for train arrivals. Visit ScotRail or National Rail Enquiries for train times.

By car

There is no parking at the court except for disabled users. Please telephone before attending to arrange disabled parking. Most of the local parking requires parking discs, these are free and can be obtained from shops.

The nearest car park is at Hanover Square, which has a limited number of all day spaces. All-day car parks are situated along the waterfront at Port Rodie or Agnew Crescent, within 10 minutes walking distance of the court.

By taxi

01776 703343.

Jurors from outlying areas - where no other method of travel is available due to the infrequency of the service, you must phone the sheriff clerk for permission to use a taxi.

By air

The nearest Airport is Glasgow/Prestwick International which is 60 miles from the sheriff court.

On Arrival

For general enquiries regarding civil, commissary or criminal matters, or to pay a fine, please go to the public counter on the ground floor. To attend the civil or criminal court, please switch off all mobile phones and report to the court officer on the first floor.

Jurors are reminded to please switch off all mobile phones and report to the court officer on the first floor landing with your jury citation at hand.

Facilities for those with hearing difficulties: there is a portable loop system available for the court building, please request for use of equipment at the public counter.

Court visits: Arrangements may be available for educational group visits. For further information please email


There are no amenities within the court house, but there are a number of locations within a short walk where hot and cold drinks and snacks can be purchased. If you are sitting on a jury, lunch and refreshments will be provided for you if the court sits into the afternoon.

A portable loop induction service is available. Please request equipment from the public counter.

Pay a Fine

Pay a fine online or please enter the public counter found on the ground floor.

Payment Methods: Cash, Debit Card, Credit Card, Cheque or Postal Order.

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

If you have any difficulties paying your fine, or require advice and assistance with a fines related matter, please contact the fines enforcement officer at Dumfries on 01387 272084

Opening Times

Mon -Thur 09:00 - 17:00
Fri - 09:00 - 16:30
Please note the court may close at lunchtime when not fully staffed.

Public Holidays

January 1, 2

April 10, 13

May 8, 25

August 3

October 12

November 30

December 25, 28


Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

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