Aberdeen Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

Photograph of Aberdeen Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court building

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.

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GHI – Order No 1 of 2024 – Return of Solemn Hearings to Sheriff Court BuildingsPDF392.56 KB13 Feb, 2024 Download
GHI Act of Court No 4 of 2023PDF46.42 KB26 Sep, 2023 Download
GHI Act of Court No 2 of 2022 - Public & Court Holidays 2023PDF709.35 KB28 Nov, 2022 Download
GHI Act of Court No 2 of 2023 – Public Holidays 2023 AmendmentPDF492.67 KB22 Aug, 2023 Download
GHI Act of Court No 3 of 2023 – Public Holidays 2024PDF501.26 KB22 Aug, 2023 Download
GHI - Order No. 3 of 2023 - Transfer of Island Court Trials to Sheriffdom Hub CourtsPDF401.16 KB19 Jul, 2023 Download
GHI Act of Court No 1 of 2023PDF32.64 KB10 Feb, 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
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
Guidance Civil No 2PDF244.24 KB19 Jun, 2020 Download
Electronic submission of documents Civil No 4 of 2020PDF104.73 KB26 Jun, 2020 Download
Guidance for Practitioners and Litigants - Adoption Proceedings GHIPDF104.39 KB21 May, 2021 Download
Civil Guidance - Video Conference CallPDF126.59 KB03 Sep, 2021 Download
2022 Custody DirectionPDF239.43 KB19 Oct, 2021 Download

There are three Court buildings dealing with different types of business in Aberdeen.

Please visit the information page which relates to your visit or enquiry for further information.

The Aberdeen Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court is located in this grade, "A" listed buildings built between 1868 and 1874. The building has seven courtrooms and accommodation for the Sheriff Principal, seven resident Sheriffs and one floating Sheriff, the Sheriff Clerk and her staff of 65, the Court Social Work department, Witness Services, and the Police cells. The courts deal with summary and solemn criminal business and is the administrative centre for the other Aberdeen Courts.

Contact details

Sheriff Clerk

Fiona Fleming


Castle Street
AB10 1WP


Criminal department contact

Jurors please contact:

For criminal enquiries please contact:

Admin department contact

01224 657200




Civil Department - 01224 657234

Criminal Department - 01224 657241



Difficulty using the phone

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.


We encourage the use of public transport as part of its commitment to sustainable development. Please use the travel planner for public transportation information.

By bus

Buses stop on Union Street, King Street, Castle Street and at Aberdeen bus station on Guild Street beside the train station. Timetable information is available from FirstGroup or Traveline on 0870 6082608.

By rail

Aberdeen train station is located on Guild Street and is approximately a 10 minute walk away. Timetable information is available from ScotRail or National Rail Enquiries.

By car

There is no public car park at the courthouse. Metered car parking, maximum stay 4 hours is available nearby. The nearest long-stay car park is the NCP at Shiprow, a 5 minutes walk. 

By taxi

The main taxi ranks are located at Hadden Street, Back Wynd, Dee Street and Chapel Street.

By air

Aberdeen Airport is in the Dyce area of Aberdeen and is approximately a 45 minutes drive in rush-hour traffic from the courthouse.

On arrival

On entering the building you will be required to have your personal bags/briefcases etc. searched and asked to walk through a metal detector. These checks are carried out to ensure the safety of all court users.

Please contact the reception desk staff who will be able to direct you to the appropriate courtroom or waiting room.

If you are a juror for either a sheriff court or high court case please report to the Mercatgate building located across from the sheriff court.

Arrangements may be available for educational group visits.

For further information e-mail


There are a variety of restaurants and cafes within a few minutes walk from the courthouse. Vending machines for cold drinks and snacks are available in the main hall for use by all visitors to court. There is also a refreshment service available to crown witnesses provided by volunteers from Charlie House serving hot and cold drinks as well as snacks within the Sheriff Court.

Pay a Fine

If you want to pay your fine or would like information and advice please visit our Pay a Fine page. 

The Fines Office will be closed from 1pm for staff training on the last Tuesday of every month.


Opening times


Monday – Friday 9.00 am – 4.30 pm

The Civil Centre 

Monday – Friday 9.00 am – 4.30 pm

Main Sheriff and Justice of the Peace Court 

Monday – Friday 9.00 am – 4.30 pm 


Mon - Thu 09.00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 17:00,
Fri 09.00 - 13:00, 14:00 - 16:30 

Public holidays


  • January 1,2
  • March 29
  • April 1
  • May 6
  • July 8
  • August 5
  • September 23
  • December 2,25,26


Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

Useful Links

There is a small step at the main door into the Sheriff Court building. If you are unable to negotiate the step please ring the bell. Staff will then arrange alternative access into the building. Courts and public offices are accessible by wheelchair users.

A hearing loop system is available in all court rooms for those with hearing difficulties. Please speak to court staff if you require assistance.

If you have any specific access requirements please speak to our reception staff or the court officer or call 01224 657200.

Pay a fine

To pay a fine or for information and advice please go to pay a fine.

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