Sheriff Appeal Court - Criminal

The Sheriff Appeal Court (SAC) was established on 22 September 2015, as part of Lord Gill’s Scottish Civil Courts Reforms, to deal with criminal appeals. 

It hears appeals against summary criminal proceedings from both the sheriff and justice of the peace courts. The Bench generally comprises two or three appeal sheriffs depending on the type of appeal to be considered.

The Court also hears appeals against bail decisions made by a sheriff or a justice of the peace. These hearings are presided over by a single appeal sheriff. The criminal Court sits in the courthouse at Lawnmarket, Edinburgh.

Lawn Market for SAC web page

Postal Address:

Sheriff Appeal Court (Criminal)
Justiciary Office
Parliament House
Parliament Square

DX number 549306, Edinburgh 36

LP 1 Edinburgh 10


Main telephone: 0131 240 6912