Falkirk Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

About the court

In the 1800’s the administration of justice in Falkirk took place in various locations such as the Red Lion Inn on the High Street, Wilsons Building opposite the Steeple and the Temperance Hotel which was in Bank Street. A permanent Sheriff Court House was built in Hope Street in 1868. The courthouse also contained prison facilities, prisoners having previously been temporarily confined in 2 jail rooms within the Steeple.

By 1980, the rise of court business meant that the old building which had served as a courthouse for over 120 years had become seriously overcrowded. A new site in Camelon was obtained and the present courthouse opened in 1990.

Falkirk Sheriff Court

Contact the court

Location and postal address

Sheriff Court House
Main Street

Sheriff Clerk

Karen McCall



552070 Falkirk 4


01324 620822

  • Option 1 – Fines and Jury enquires
  • Option 2 – Civil, Commissary, Summary Cause and Simple Procedure enquiries
  • Option 3 – Criminal enquiries
  • Option 4 – All other enquiries

Jury helpline

01324 678237

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.

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 between 14:00 to 17:00 on:

  • Wednesday, 31 January 2024
  • Thursday, 29 February 2024
  • Wednesday, 27 March 2024
  • Thursday, 25 April 2024
  • Wednesday, 22 May 2024
  • Thursday, 20 June 2024
  • Wednesday, 17 July 2024
  • Thursday, 15 August 2024
  • Wednesday, 11 September 2024
  • Thursday, 10 October 2024
  • Wednesday, 6 November 2024
  • Thursday, 5 December 2024

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

Phone: 01786 462191

Public holidays


  • January 1, 2
  • March 29
  • April 1
  • May 6
  • July 1
  • August 5
  • September 9
  • 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.


All commissary applications will be processed locally within all of the courts within Tayside Central and Fife.

Small estate interviews are not taking place within the court buildings at this time, please contact your local Sheriff Court for more information and guidance.

Directions to the court

Falkirk Sheriff Court is served well by public transport. Camelon train station is a short walk away and there is a bus stop directly in front of the court. Use the journey planner for public transportation information.


By bus

There are a number of buses that go to Falkirk Sheriff Court including 37, 38, 338, 27, 19, 27 and 60. For up to date timetables or to plan your journey visit website or use the journey planner. Local and town buses are available from Callender Square, Falkirk.

By rail

There are train stations are at Camelon, Grahamston and Falkirk High. Camelon station is a short walk from the courthouse. Grahamston and Falkirk High are further away and a taxi may be required. Visit ScotRail or National Rail Enquiries for train times.

By car

There is no public car parking available at this court but the surrounding streets are unmetered. The nearest car park is in Falkirk Town Centre.

By taxi

The nearest taxi rank is in Falkirk Town Centre.

On arrival

Please report to reception. If unmanned, please attend the public counter in the main office.

Jurors in jury cases

Jurors should report to reception. If the reception is not manned, a notice at reception will direct you to the appropriate court. The Procurator Fiscal's office is in Mansionhouse Road, Camelon, Falkirk on 0300 020 3000.

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

Public view of court proceedings

Most court cases are held in open courts and members of the public can view court proceedings. If a large group wish to visit the court, they should contact the office manager on 01324 678217 to arrange this.


Water is available to the public.


Accessible hearing

A loop system is available in the courtrooms for those with hearing difficulties.

Accessible access

Wheelchair users can access the building at the main entrance. The courtrooms are located on the first floor. There is lift access to the first floor. Please ask a member of staff to direct you to the lift. If you have any specific access requirements please call 01324 678217.

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
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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