Dunfermline Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

About the court

The Dunfermline Sheriff Court Building opened in its present location in 1983 having previously been located on the High Street. It covers a large area of Fife from Kincardine in the west to Aberdour in the east and has joint jurisdiction of the Forth Bridges.

Dunfermline Sheriff Court

Contact the court

Location and postal address

Sheriff Court House
1/6 Carnegie Drive
KY12 7HJ

Sheriff Clerk

Gail Smith





01383 724666

  • Option 1 - Fines and Criminal enquiries
  • Option 2 - Juror enquiries
  • Option 3 - Civil enquiries/Simple Procedure
  • Option 4 - Deceased’s Estate, Justice of the Peace (JP) Signings, disabled parking space requests and miscellaneous enquiries

Jury helpline

01383 745480

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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

The Sheriff Clerk's office is closed from 14:00 to 17:00 on:

  • Tuesday, 6 February 2024
  • Tuesday, 5 March 2024
  • Tuesday, 2 April 2024
  • Tuesday, 7 May 2024
  • Tuesday, 4 June 2024
  • Tuesday, 2 July 2024
  • Tuesday, 6 August 2024
  • Tuesday, 3 September 2024
  • Tuesday, 1 October 2024
  • Tuesday, 5 November 2024
  • Tuesday, 3 December 2024

For urgent matters and applications when the office is closed please contact:

Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court
Phone: 01592 260171

Public holidays


    • January 1, 2
    • March 29
    • April 1
    • May 6
    • June 3
    • July 15
    • October 7
    • December 2, 25, 26

    New, first instance custodies

    New, first instance custody cases will be heard in all eight Tayside, Central and Fife Sheriff and Justice of the Peace (JP) Courts:

    • Alloa Sheriff and JP Court
    • Stirling Sheriff and JP Court
    • Falkirk Sheriff and JP Court
    • Dunfermline Sheriff and JP Court
    • Kirkcaldy Sheriff and JP Court
    • Perth Sheriff and JP Court
    • Dundee Sheriff and JP Court
    • Forfar Sheriff and JP Court

    Unless the above court is closed for a public holiday, where by the following hub courts will be in operation:

    • Falkirk Sheriff and JP Court (covers Alloa, Stirling and Falkirk custodies)
    • Kirkcaldy Sheriff and JP Court (covers Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy custodies)
    • Dundee Sheriff and JP Court (covers Perth, Dundee and Forfar custodies)

    Justice of the Peace (JP) Signings

    Justice of the Peace (JP) Signings by appointment only. Please book an appointment in advance by phoning the Sheriff Clerk’s Office.

    Directions to Court

    The Court is situated on Carnegie Drive opposite Debenhams, close to the town centre and is easily accessible by public transport. For public transportation information use the Traveline Scotland journey planner.


    By bus

    Most of the buses entering the town pass the court building which is also within a 5 minute walk of the main bus station.

    By rail

    The nearest train station is Dunfermline Town and is approximately a 10 minute walk from the court. For train times visit ScotRail or National Rail Enquiries.

    By car

    There is no parking for the public at the court building but there is a large free car park on Leys Park Road, opposite the police station, which is a few minutes’ walk away. Alternative parking is available in the town centre including a multi-storey car park opposite the court building, there a parking costs at these sites.

    By taxi

    There are various taxi ranks within walking distance of the court.

    By air

    Edinburgh Airport is the nearest airport to Dunfermline being approximately 15 miles away.

    On arrival

    On arrival, you should report to the main reception desk in the foyer of the building. From there you will be directed to where you need to go.

    Civil cases

    Enquiries regarding civil cases such as raising a small claims action or settling a Deceased's Estate can be made in room two, the second office on the right. There are signs in the foyer for your assistance.


    Jurors attending court should report to the main reception desk for further directions. Jurors serving on a jury are provided with a buffet lunch and refreshments.


    Water coolers are available in the foyer.


    Accessible hearing

    A loop induction system is available in all courtrooms. If you require to use this facility please inform the staff at the reception desk on arrival.

    Accessible access

    The Court building is on one level and accessible to wheelchair users. There is a disabled parking space available within the staff car park. Please telephone the Sheriff Clerk's office in advance to book this space.

    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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    2024 PN No 1 - SCM Perth Sheriff CourtPDF595.33 KB24 Apr, 2024 Download
    Tayside, Central and Fife Guidance for court users appearing from custody Sep 2023PDF24.24 KB26 Sep, 2023 Download
    Tayside Central and Fife Order No. 1 of 2023PDF136.73 KB26 Sep, 2023 Download
    Act of Court -amended 2024 (signed)PDF186.42 KB17 Aug, 2023 Download
    Act of Court -amended 2023 (signed)PDF188.37 KB17 Aug, 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
    Court holidays 2023PDF189.40 KB02 Aug, 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
    Act of Court 2022PDF180.51 KB13 Aug, 2021 Download

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