Hamilton Sheriff Court Civil Building

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The oldest part of the Main Building of Hamilton Sheriff Court was built in the time of Queen Victoria. The Civil Building (Birnie House) was acquired by the Scottish Court Service in 2006. Hamilton Justice of the Peace Court was established 2010.

Hamilton Justice of the Peace Court is located in Campbell Street in the centre of the town.

The Sheriff Court deals with three main types of business - Civil, Criminal and Commissary. The Fines Office and Criminal Office are both located within the Main Building. The Civil and Commissary office is located within the Civil Building (Birnie House) In Caird Street.

The Civil Department deals with all matters relating to processing writs in all types of actions and applications parts of process and motions in ordinary, family (including simplified divorces), commercial and personal injury actions all procedures in respect of summary cause including heritable cases and simple procedure actions.

Other civil matters which are dealt with include -

  • all procedures relating to civil appeals
  • children referrals
  • diligence
  • adoptions
  • bankruptcy
  • liquidations
  • adults with incapacity applications
  • applications for confirmation of estate when someone dies

Justices of the Peace can sign Warrants and Affidavits Sworn under Oath in respect of persons and addresses within this Sheriffdom. They can also undertake signing and countersigning duties in connection with a range of legal documents, including Statutory Declarations.

Please phone 01698 282957 (Sheriff Court, Main Building) if you wish to make an appointment for the signing of a document before a JP.

Hamilton Sheriff Court Civil Building Birnie House

Contact Details

Postal address

Birnie House, Caird Park, Hamilton Business Park, Caird Street, Hamilton, ML3 0AL

Main telephone

01698 282957

Sheriff Clerk / Main contact

Jean Flanagan


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Civil Department: 01698 284870

Criminal Department: 01698 201365

Admin Department: 01698 201366


Simple Procedure -

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 


Beckford Street is well served by public transport. Use the journey planner for public transportation information.

By bus

  • Uddingston and Motherwell stops are in Almada Street
  • Bothwell stop is in Keith Street
  • Strathaven, Stonehouse and Holytown stops are in the town centre bus station
  • East Kilbride stop is in Clydesdale Street
  • Wishaw, Harthill and Shotts (change at Shotts for Harthill) stops are in Muir Street (off Almada Street)
  • Larkhall stop is at Cadzow Street
  • Bellshill stop is in Bothwell Road

Information on the times of buses to and from all towns can be obtained at First Group Buses - Hutchison Buses - McKindless Buses or alternatively telephone "Traveline" on 0870 608 2 608.

By rail

The nearest train station to the court is Hamilton west (5 minutes walk) with connections to Hamilton/Larkhall/ Motherwell/Blantyre/Bellshill and Uddingston. The train station is close to the sheriff court and a direct walk along Clydesdale street. Visit ScotRail or National Rail Enquiries for train times.

By car

There is no public car park at Birnie House. There are public car parks on Beckford Street at the junctions of Caird Street and Beckford Street and Beckford Street with Bothwell Street (both3 minute walks).

These car parks are free as at August 2010 but South Lanarkshire council may apply charges in the future. The car parks are extensively used by the employees of neighbouring businesses.

There are car parks in the town centre (20 mins walk) all of which are pay and display. There is limited short stay parking (maximum 30 minutes) on Beckford Street opposite the entrance to the sheriff court.

By taxi

There are numerous taxi firms from all of the main towns. Please see your local press or telephone books for details. Hamilton sheriff court encourages the use of public transport as part of its commitment to sustainable development. Jurors should be aware that taxi fares will not be reimbursed.

On Arrival

On arrival at the court please attend at the reception area within the main entrance. If you're coming to court as a witness please have your citation or other paperwork available in order that we can speedily direct you to the appropriate court or witness room.


There are some restaurants and also shops providing sandwiches etc to take away close to the main building of the sheriff court. A vending machine is also available in the reception of Birnie House.

A loop induction service is available in a number of courtrooms for people who have hearing difficulties. Please contact reception 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

Mon - Thurs 09.00 - 17.00

Fri 09.00 - 16.30.

Public Holidays


January 2, 3
April 7, 10
May 1, 8, 29
July 17
September 25
December 4, 25, 26


Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

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