Lochmaddy Sheriff Court 

Exterior of the Lochmaddy Sheriff Court

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Hearings continue to call at Lochmaddy Sheriff Court

Jury trials which would otherwise call at Lochmaddy Sheriff Court were transferred to Inverness 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 Lochmaddy Sheriff Court. Please only attend Inverness 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.


Sheriffdom orders

The following Sheriffdom guidance, information and practice notes apply to this court.

Please also refer to the Rules and Practice section of the website.

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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

Lochmaddy Sheriff Court is situated in the village of Lochmaddy in the Isle of North Uist in the Western Isles. The court jurisdiction covers the islands of North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist, Eriskay, Barra, Vatersay and Berneray.

Contact Details


Sheriff Court House, Lochmaddy, Isle of North Uist, HS6 5AE

Postal address

Please Note: All mail should be posted to the Sheriff Clerk’s Office, Sheriff Courthouse, Somerled Square, Portree, Isle of Skye, IV51 9EH

Main telephone

01478 612191

01876 500340

Sheriff Clerk / Main contact



01478 613203


Jury helpline

01876 500340 (recorded message)

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 


Public transport to the court is very limited. Use journey planner for public transportation information.

By bus

There is no direct bus service to the court.

By car

There is no public car park at the court. There are parking places at the local community hall next to the court.

By taxi

  • 01870 602277
  • 07879 221414
  • 01876 500215
  • 01870 602277
  • 01870 603197

By air

The nearest airport is at Balivanich on Benbecula(tel 01870 602051).

The airport is situated approximately 30 minutes drive from the court. By ferry: Contact Caledonian MacBrayne online at or0800 066 5000 (freephone).

On Arrival

On arrival please report to the Sheriff Clerk's office. You will be directed from there to where you need to go in the building. There is disabled access at the side of the building. If you have any specific access requirements please contact 01478 612191.

The office is only open every fourth Tuesday and Wednesday when the court is sitting. At other times please contact the Sheriff Clerk's office in Portree on 01478 612191.If you have a text phone you can contact the court using Text Relay.A phone based interpreter service is available - ask for Language Line and the language required.


There are a small number of cafes and hotels near to the court building where meals and snacks can be purchased. There are no refreshment facilities at the court. If you are sitting on a jury, lunch and refreshments will be provided for you if the court sits into the afternoon.

A loop induction service is available in all courtrooms for people who have hearing difficulties. Please contact 01876 500340 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

Every fourth Wednesday from 09:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 18:00, and every fourth Thursday 09:00 to 11:00. At other times contact the Sheriff Clerk's office in Portree on 01478 612191 or e-mail

Public Holidays


January 2, 3
April 7, 10
May 1, 8
June 5
August 14
September 11
December 4, 25, 26



Please refer to the complaints and feedback page.

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