Wick Sheriff 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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Wick Sheriff Court opened in 1866 and was designed by the Edinburgh architect David Rhind who adapted many Renaissance features, in particular copying the middle floor windows from the Vendramini Palace in Venice. The “A” listed building cost £6,000, half of which was paid for by the County.

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Contact Details

Postal address

Sheriff Court House,
Bridge Street,


Main telephone

01955 602846

Sheriff Clerk / Main contact

Peta Donachie

All commissary work carried out



Civil department contact

01955 602846

Criminal department contact

01955 602846

Admin department contact

01955 602846




Jury helpline

01955 602846 available from 17:00 until 09:00 on evening prior to start of trial.

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.


When you arrive at the Sheriff Court, please report to the Sheriff Clerks Office where you will be guided to the courtroom.

If you have any mobility issues please contact 01955602846 prior to attending as the courtroom is on the second floor of the building.

By Taxi

Wick Taxis

Jimmy’s Taxi  01955 602727        Johnny’s Taxi  01955605041

Miller’s Cabs 01955 606464

Thurso Taxis

Harbour Taxi’s   01847 892827    Ormlie Taxi’s  01847 893434

Meiklejohn’s  01847 892827

By Air

The nearest Airport is Wick which is approximately a 20 min walk from the Court House or 5 minutes by car.

Airport   01955 603914        Logan Air  01955 602294


On Arrival

On arrival at court, please report to the sheriff clerk's public office on the ground floor where you will be directed as appropriate. If you are attending for jury service please report to the sheriff clerk's public office where you will be assisted by the jury attendant.

Wheelchair access is available at the right hand side of the building. Buzzer for staff assistance (clearly signposted). If you have any specific requirements please contact the sheriff clerk's office on 01955 602846 on the day prior to your visit.

All visitors should report to sheriff clerk's public office on the ground floor.


There is a hot drink vending machine in the Crown witness room otherwise there are various cafes within a short walking distance from courthouse. If you are sitting on a jury, lunch and refreshments will be provided if the court sits into the afternoon.

A loop induction service is available in the main court room for people who have hearing difficulties. A portable loop system is available for elsewhere in the building. Please contact the sheriff clerk on 01955 602846 if you require to use this facility prior to your visit.

Pay a Fine

Pay a fine online or can be paid in the sheriff clerk public office or by telephone using a debit/credit card on 01955 602846.

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

Fine enforcement: 0845 6025228

Opening Times

Court Building: Mon - Thu - 09:00 until 16:00: Friday 09:00 - 16:00

Office and telephone hours: Mon - Thu 09:00 - 13:00 14:00 - 16:30
Friday - 09:00 - 13:00 14:00 - 16:00

Office is closed everyday from 13.00 - 14.00

Public Holidays

January 1, 2

April 10, 13

May 8

June 29

August 3

September 28

November 30

December 25, 28


Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

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