Greenock Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

About the court

The Greenock Sheriff Court building opened to the public in November 1869 and was also the jail house until 1910.

The architecture is based on the old Scottish style of the 16th Century. It serves a population of approximately 43,000 people. The Justice of the Peace Court was established in the same building in December 2009.

Greenock Sheriff Court

Contact the court

Location and postal address

Sheriff Court House
1 Nelson Street
PA15 1TR

Sheriff Clerk

Nadine Neil



GR 16


01475 787073

  • Option 1 - Civil Department including Commissary, Small Estates and payment of Juror Expenses
  • Option 2 - Criminal Department including Children's Referrals and Fines Payment
  • Option 3 - Reception including Jurors Excusals and any other enquiries

Jury helpline

01475 553528

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

Court building

  • Monday to Thursday from 09:00 to 13:00 then 13:45 to 17:00
  • Court building closes at 16.30 on Friday


  • Monday to Thursday from 08:45 to 17:00
  • Friday from 08:45 to 16:30


  • Monday to Thursday from 09:00 to 13:00 then 14:00 to 17:00
  • Friday from 09:00 to 13:00 then 14:00 to 16:30

Staff training

Due to staff training the office will close at 13:00 on:

  • 12 January 2024
  • 16 February 2024
  • 15 March 2024
  • 12 April 2024
  • 17 May 2024
  • 14 June 2024
  • 19 July 2024
  • 16 August 2024
  • 13 September 2024
  • 18 October 2024
  • 15 November 2024
  • 13 December 2024


Public holidays


  • January 1,2
  • March 29
  • April 1
  • May 6,27
  • July 1
  • September 2
  • December 2,25,26

Directions to court

Greenock Sheriff and Justice of the Peace Court is situated in Nelson Street near to the town centre and public transport links. Use the journey planner for public transportation information.


By bus

The nearest bus station is Kilblain Street. This is a short walk (approximately 400 metres) from the court house. There are many different bus companies which serve the Greenock area. Use the Journey Planner for transportation information.

By rail

The nearest train station is Greenock West Station at the corner of Newton/Inverkip Street. The station is a short walk (approximately 500 metres) from the courthouse. Visit scotrail or national rail enquiries for train times.

By car

There is no public car parking available at this court. Nelson Street and the surrounding streets to the court house are all free parking.

By taxi

The taxi ranks are near to the railway station and also near to the bus station mentioned above.

By air

The nearest airport is Glasgow Airport - approximately 16 miles from Greenock.

On arrival

On arrival, please report to the main reception desk inside the main doors. There is a disabled entrance at the left hand side of the building with an "assistance bell", please ring this on arrival at the building.

On arrival, please report to the main reception desk inside the main doors where you will be directed to the appropriate court room.

Wheelchair users can access the building through the disabled entrance, which is situated to the left hand side of the building. All our courts are on the ground floor. Our reception desk can assist you with any enquiries.


A Beanfeast charity tea bar is available within the sheriff court house. It is located in the court 2 complex and is open until about 13:00 each day.

If you are selected to sit on a jury, lunch and refreshments will be provided for you throughout the day.


Accessible hearing

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

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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Sheriffdom of North Strathclyde - Act of Court No. 2 of 2024PDF232.18 KB04 Jun, 2024 Download
Sheriffdom of North Strathclyde - Act of Court No. 5 of 2023PDF61.51 KB26 Sep, 2023 Download
Amending Act of Court No. 3 of 2023PDF116.08 KB23 Aug, 2023 Download
Order 1 of 2023 Lochgilphead and DunoonPDF61.56 KB14 Aug, 2023 Download
No 2 of 2023 - Court holidays and custody arrangments 2024PDF237.06 KB27 Jun, 2023 Download
Amendment to Kilmarnock Court HolidaysPDF60.54 KB13 Jun, 2023 Download
Amending Act of Court No 1 of 2023 - Court holidays and custody court arrangements - Monday 8 May 2023PDF79.76 KB23 Jan, 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
Order No. 9 of 2022 - PDF versionPDF78.78 KB03 Oct, 2022 Download
Order No. 4 of 2022 - Act of CourtPDF86.09 KB16 Sep, 2022 Download
Act of Court Holidays 2023PDF260.76 KB22 Jul, 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
North Strathclyde Order of Court No 2 of 2022PDF45.27 KB06 Jun, 2022 Download
JP Court restart and transfer of LGH JP Court businessPDF49.74 KB19 May, 2022 Download
Electronic submisison of documents No2 26.06.20PDF254.38 KB19 May, 2022 Download
Civil Business No 5PDF273.35 KB19 May, 2022 Download
Amended Act of Court for Public Holidays in July Aug Sept 2020PDF82.40 KB19 May, 2022 Download
Coronavirus Guidance Civil Business No 4PDF357.22 KB19 May, 2022 Download
Coronavirus Order No. 4 - Criminal Business - 1 June 2020PDF236.20 KB19 May, 2022 Download

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