Dumfries Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

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Sheriffdom orders

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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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SSDG Act of Court No 3 of 2022 Public Holiday 2023 (Superseded)PDF152.73 KB16 Jan, 2023 Download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
Refixing Diets upon the Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in respect of Solemn and Summary Criminal Business in Dumfries Sheriff Court
Order No 5 of 2022

Dumfries Sheriff and Justice of the Peace Court is an imposing building that was constructed in the Scottish Baronial Style from a design by David Rhind. The tall peaked towers and open Italianate parapets give it the characteristics of a castle and the softer lines of a palace. Originally on the site of a town hall that had been built as an independent place of worship and sold on to the county authorities the building was enlarged, adapted and opened as a Court House in April 1866.

Contact details

Postal address

Sheriff Court House,
Buccleuch Street,


Main telephone

01387 262334

Sheriff Clerk / Main contact

Elizabeth Young




01387 262357

All commissary work carried out


Jury helpline

01387 272086 - (with recorded message for jurors).

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 the office (by phone or attend in person), a telephone interpretation service is available. To access this service ask for telephone interpreting and the language required.  

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 


By bus

Buses from outlying areas stop in Whitesands. Local buses stop in various streets close to the court.

By rail

The nearest train station is approximately a ten minute walk. Visit scotrail or national rail enquiries for train times.

By car

There is no public car parking available at this court. The nearest long stay car park is at Whitesands (5 minutes walk). A disk system operates in most other areas. Disks can be obtained from shops, libraries and various other places within Dumfries. A limited supply is held by the court.

By taxi

There are taxi ranks in Munches Street, the Whitesands and Bank Street.

On arrival

On arrival, please report to reception on the ground floor. You will be directed from there as to where you need to go to in the building. If reception is unmanned please report to the sheriff clerk's office on the ground floor.

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

There is a lift for disabled users only. Please ask a member of staff at reception or in the sheriff clerk's office for assistance. If you have any specific access requirements please contact the sheriff clerk. Language line facilities are available for anyone who requires the support of an interpreter.

Dumfries and Galloway Citizens Advice Service offers the services of an in court advisor on every 4th Thursday.

They are able to offer advice and guidance on civil matters:

  • eviction
  • re-possession
  • debt
  • small claims
  • attending court
  • representation

Their office is at 81-85 Irish Street, Dumfries, Tel 01387 266886


There are a number of locations within a short walk where hot and cold drinks and snacks can be bought.

A loop induction service is available in all courtrooms for people who have hearing difficulties. Please contact the sheriff clerk if you require to use this facility.

Pay a Fine

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

Opening times

  • Monday to Thursday from 09.00 to 17.00
  • Friday from 09.00 to 16.30

Dumfries Sheriff Court will be closing for half a day per month for training. When they are closed anyone with urgent business should contact Ayr Sheriff Court The offices will close from 13:00 until 17:00.

Urgent matters or any urgent applications during these periods please contact Ayr Sheriff Court on or  or 01292 292200.

Any enquires regarding the above please contact Elizabeth Young.


Public Holidays


January 2, 3
April 7, 10
May 1, 8
June 5
September 4
October 9
December 4, 25, 26



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