Lerwick Sheriff Court

Exterior view of the Lerwick Sheriff Court

Hearings continue to call at Lerwick Sheriff Court

Jury trials which would otherwise call at Lerwick Sheriff Court were transferred to Aberdeen or Peterhead from July this year, due to the ongoing staffing challenges being faced by GEOAmey. 

We would like to make it clear that all other hearings, including summary trials and civil hearings will still call at Lerwick Sheriff Court. Please only attend Aberdeen or Peterhead Sheriff Court if you have received a citation requiring you to do so.  

The Order published in July requires new jury trials which would have called at Stornoway, Lerwick, Kirkwall, Portree and Lochmaddy Sheriff Courts to call at Inverness, Aberdeen or Peterhead Sheriff Courts instead.

Sheriff Principal Pyle has this order under constant review and is consulting with justice partners with a view to returning jury trials to island courts when practically possible.


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

Hub Courts for new, first instance custodies

New, first instance custody cases will continue to be heard in hub courts as first instance cases in each Sheriffdom as follows. Thereafter, if a further substantive hearing is assigned this will be to the court of local jurisdiction.

Contact the court

Location and postal address

King Erik Street

Main contact

Iain Macarthur



01595 693914

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

Due to temporary staffing arrangements, the public counter will not open in the weeks commencing 27 May, 24 June and 22 July. During periods of closure enquiries can be sent by email to or alternatively please call 01595 693914

The Sheriff Clerk's office will be closed every fourth Friday from 13:00 for staff training. A service for emergency applications will be maintained.

Public holidays


  • January 1,2,31
  • March 29
  • April 1
  • May 6
  • June 3
  • August 12
  • December 2,25,26


Use the journey planner for public transportation information.


By bus

Local and out of town buses stop at Viking bus station. Timetables are available at online.

By car

There is no public parking available at the court house. There are a number of car parks within the town centre which are clearly sign posted.

By taxi

There is no taxi rank at the court. Taxis can be found at Victoria Pier.

By air

The nearest Airport is in Sumburgh which is approximately 25 miles from Lerwick.

On arrival

When you arrive at the sheriff court, please report to the sheriff clerk's office on the ground floor. Jurors should initially report to the sheriff clerk's office where you will be guided to the courtroom.

If you have any mobility issues, please contact 01595 693914 prior to attending as the courtroom is on the second floor of the building.


There are a number of hotels, restaurants and coffee shops within walking distance of the court house.

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

A loop induction service is available in all courtrooms for people who have hearing difficulties. Please contact 01595 693914 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.

FileTypeSizeUploaded onDownload
GHI – Order No 1 of 2024 – Return of Solemn Hearings to Sheriff Court BuildingsPDF392.56 KB13 Feb, 2024 Download
GHI Act of Court No 4 of 2023PDF46.42 KB26 Sep, 2023 Download
GHI Act of Court No 2 of 2022 - Public & Court Holidays 2023PDF709.35 KB28 Nov, 2022 Download
GHI Act of Court No 2 of 2023 – Public Holidays 2023 AmendmentPDF492.67 KB22 Aug, 2023 Download
GHI Act of Court No 3 of 2023 – Public Holidays 2024PDF501.26 KB22 Aug, 2023 Download
GHI - Order No. 3 of 2023 - Transfer of Island Court Trials to Sheriffdom Hub CourtsPDF401.16 KB19 Jul, 2023 Download
GHI Act of Court No 1 of 2023PDF32.64 KB10 Feb, 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
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
Guidance Civil No 2PDF244.24 KB19 Jun, 2020 Download
Electronic submission of documents Civil No 4 of 2020PDF104.73 KB26 Jun, 2020 Download
Guidance for Practitioners and Litigants - Adoption Proceedings GHIPDF104.39 KB21 May, 2021 Download
Civil Guidance - Video Conference CallPDF126.59 KB03 Sep, 2021 Download
2022 Custody DirectionPDF239.43 KB19 Oct, 2021 Download

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