Banff Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

About the court

Built around 1871, the Court was designed by architect James Matthews of Aberdeen. As well as the Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court, the building houses the Procurator Fiscal’s Office, the Council Chambers and some Aberdeenshire Council Offices.

There is one courtroom within Banff Sheriff Court.

The Sheriff Court normally sits on Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays every second week and the Justice of the Peace Court sits every fourth Thursday. There is one full-time resident Sheriff at Banff, currently Sheriff Robert McDonald. But many other part-time Sheriffs sit at Banff occasionally.

Banff Sheriff Court © Crown copyright

Contact the court

Location and postal address

Sheriff Court House
Low Street
AB45 1AU

Sheriff Clerk





    01261 812140

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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

    • Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 16:00

    If the door is locked during our opening hours we are likely closed to observe a Public Holiday or undertake Staff Training. However, please note that this office is not always staffed. If you are travelling from a distance, please contact us on 01261 812140 in advance to confirm the office will be open.

    For out of hours applications please contact Aberdeen Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court.

    The Sheriff Clerks Office will be closed from 13:00 for staff training on the following dates:


      • January 19
      • February 16
      • March 15
      • April 12
      • May 10
      • June 7
      • July 5
      • August 2
      • August 30
      • September 27
      • October 25
      • November 22
      • December 20

      Public holidays


      • Monday, 1 January
      • Tuesday, 2 January
      • Friday, 29 March
      • Monday, 1 April
      • Monday, 6 May
      • Monday, 3 June
      • Monday, 1 July
      • Monday, 26 August
      • Monday, 2 December
      • Wednesday, 25 December
      • Thursday, 26 December

      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. Custodies for Banff Sheriff Court are being processed at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.


      All Commissary Confirmations for Banff Sheriff Court will be processed at Peterhead Sheriff Court. Banff Sheriff Court will deal with dative petitions, registering of deeds, miscellaneous commissary applications and small estate interviews requiring a personal visit to the court. If you are unsure of what we can deal with please telephone the Sheriff Clerk’s Office.

      Directions to court

      The court house is located on Low Street it is the first building on the right when entering from the High Street.

      Use the Journey Planner for public transportation information.

      By bus

      Buses from Aberdeen and Elgin arrive and depart at least once per hour. The towns of Macduff, Turriff, Portsoy, Whitehills and Fyvie are served by this route. There are also services which serve the Aberchirder, Gardenstown and Cornhill areas. Please check timetables as these are liable to change.

      The bus stop is 200 yards from the court off Low Street.

      Please visit stagecoach for bus timetables or use the journey planner.

      By rail

      There is no railway station at Banff the nearest railway stations are Elgin (35 miles), Huntly (21 miles) and Keith (21 miles). Visit ScotRail or National Rail Enquiries for train times.

      By car

      There are no parking facilities at the court house. St May's Pay and Display car park is located next to the court.

      By air

      The nearest airport is Aberdeen (46 miles), and at Inverness (75 miles).

      On arrival

      Please report to the sheriff clerk's office on the ground floor on arrival or to the court officer. You will then be directed to the appropriate area. 

      There is access for disabled people through a separate gate at the front of the building, and a ramp up to the front door. Alternative access, other than through the main front door, for witnesses or anyone who feels vulnerable, can be arranged if contact is made with the sheriff clerk's office prior to attendance

      All witness should report to the court officer in the foyer or report to the Sheriff Clerk's office.



      There are no food or drink facilities in the court house. There are several cafes and hotels nearby, please ask staff for information or see notices on notice boards. Witnesses are advised that they should bring refreshments with them prior to attending court. No food or drink is allowed in the court room.


      Accessible hearing

      A loop induction system is available in the courtroom and Sheriff Clerk's office for hearing aid users. Please contact 01261 812140.

      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.

      FileTypeSizeUploaded onDownload
      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

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