Ayr Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

About the court

Ayr Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court is within the Sheriffdom of South Strathclyde Dumfries & Galloway serving a population of approximately 120,000 people within the districts of South Ayrshire and wards 21 to 30 of East Ayrshire.

The courthouse is centrally located within the town centre and was formally opened in 1822 Over the years the building has been extended and in 2010 the Justice of the Peace Court was established in the same building.

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Contact the court

Location and postal address

Sheriff Court House
Wellington Square

Sheriff Clerk

Linda Clelland


AY 16



01292 292 200

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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

Ayr Sheriff Court will be closing for half a day per month for training. The offices will close from 13:00 until 17:00 on:

  • Wednesday, 24 January 2024
  • Wednesday, 21 February 2024
  • Wednesday, 20 March 2024
  • Wednesday, 17 April 2024
  • Wednesday, 15 May 2024
  • Wednesday, 12 June 2024
  • Wednesday, 10 July 2024
  • Wednesday, 7 Augu 2024
  • Wednesday, 4 September 2024
  • Wednesday, 2 October 2024
  • Wednesday, 30 October 2024
  • Wednesday, 27 November 2024

For urgent matters and applications during these periods please contact:

Dumfries Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court
Phone: 01387 262334

Any enquires regarding the above please contact Linda Clelland.

Public holidays


  • January 1, 2
  • March 29
  • April 1
  • May 6
  • August 5
  • September 23
  • October 7
  • December 2, 25, 26

Directions to court

Wellington Square is located close to the seafront and is well served by public transport.

Use the journey planner for public transportation information.


By bus

Ayr bus station is approximately 200 yards from the courthouse at Sandgate.

By rail

Ayr train station is approximately half a mile from the courthouse off Burns Statute Square. Visit ScotRail or National Rail Enquiries for train times.

By car

There is no public car parking available at the court house. There are a number of pay and display, on-street, parking places in Wellington Square and surrounding streets. The nearest long stay car park is at Charlotte Street.

By taxi

The main taxi rank is situated at the train station with a small rank located close to the bus station at Sandgate.

By air

Glasgow Prestwick Airport is approximately 15 minutes by road and is well served by local bus services. A rail link to the airport is available.

On arrival

When you arrive at the courts please report to the reception desk in the main hall. There are notice boards and a plasma screen in the main foyer showing in which court a case is calling. There are 5 courtrooms in Ayr , Courts 1, 2, 3 and 4 are located upstairs, Court 5 is on the ground floor.

If you are attending for jury duty please come to the main reception where you will be directed to the courtroom.


Accessible hearing

A loop induction service is available in all courtrooms for people who have hearing difficulties. Please contact the office manager if you require using this facility.

Accessible access

As of Monday 17 June 2024, we will on a temporary measure have no accessible access to the building for wheelchair users due to unforeseen emergency repair works, there are still facilities within the building i.e. lifts to the first and second floors to allow passage throughout the building. We are working closely with our suppliers to rectify this situation as soon as possible to have full accessible access reinstated, however if anyone during this time requires accessible access, please contact the main court on the following number 01387 262334 Monday to Thursday from 09:00 to 17:00 & Friday from 09:00 to 16:30

Accessible information

A range of our documents and leaflets are available on request in other languages, in large print or Braille or as a recording.

Should you have any other personal requirements not mentioned above, we will consider all reasonable requests and take practical steps to meet them.


Hospital Volunteers supply light refreshments in the courthouse between 09:30 and 12 noon. There are many shops and restaurants within 5 minutes walk from the court house.

If you are sitting on a jury, lunch and refreshments will be provided for you if the court sits into the afternoon.

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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06. Airdrie Transfer Order of CourtPDF417.16 KB28 Feb, 2024 Download
05. Airdrie Transfer Order of CourtPDF402.45 KB15 Feb, 2024 Download
04. Airdrie Transfer Order of CourtPDF417.70 KB01 Feb, 2024 Download
Transfer Order No. 3 of 2024PDF42.62 KB29 Jan, 2024 Download
AWI Practice Note No 1 of 2024PDF310.62 KB29 Jan, 2024 Download
08a. Order of Court No 8 of 2023 - Transfer of Summary Business Airdrie SCPDF440.07 KB04 Jan, 2024 Download
07a. Order of Court No 7 of 2023PDF438.03 KB04 Jan, 2024 Download
02 Order of Court SolemnPDF86.31 KB02 Nov, 2023 Download
03. Order of Court SummaryPDF109.75 KB02 Nov, 2023 Download
Transfer Order Number 4 of 2023 in respect of summary criminal business at Airdrie Justice of the Peace CourtPDF44.71 KB01 Nov, 2023 Download
5. SSDG Act of Court No 5 of 2023 Custody Guidance 2023 (September 2023)PDF360.45 KB26 Sep, 2023 Download
4. SSDG Act of Court No 4 of 2023 Public Holidays 2023PDF230.12 KB14 Aug, 2023 Download
3. SSDG Act of Court No 3 of 2023 - Public Holidays 2024PDF195.17 KB20 Jun, 2023 Download
SSDG Act of Court No 1 of 2023 Public Holiday 2023PDF172.46 KB06 Apr, 2023 Download
SSDG Act of Court No 3 of 2022 Public Holiday 2023 (Superseded)PDF152.73 KB16 Jan, 2023 Download
Final - Sheriffs Principal Guidance for Court Users - Electronic Submission of Documents PDF227.19 KB24 Oct, 2022 Download
SSDG Act of Court No 2 of 2022 (19 September 2022)PDF68.13 KB15 Sep, 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
SSDG Act of Court No 1 of 2021 - public holidays and custody courts 2022PDF205.77 KB12 Aug, 2021 Download
Guidance for Practitioners and Litigants - Adoption ProceedingsPDF74.76 KB11 May, 2021 Download
SSDG Order of Court No 15 of 2021: Dumfries & Stranraer – Transfer of Solemn Trial Diets and the Lists of Potential JurorsPDF85.13 KB10 Mar, 2021 Download
SSDG Order of Court No 24: Transfer of Solemn Trial Diets and the Lists of Potential JurorsPDF81.82 KB27 Nov, 2020 Download
Guidance for Practitioners and Litigants – Management of Civil Business 22.10.20PDF411.36 KB22 Oct, 2020 Download
Act of Court No 6 (Public Holidays 2021)PDF207.29 KB25 Sep, 2020 Download
Practice Note no.15 of 2020: Orders in terms of section 11 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995PDF215.76 KB19 Jun, 2020 Download
Practice Note no.14 of 2020: Children’s Referrals and Related Applications under the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2014PDF460.13 KB19 Jun, 2020 Download

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