Selkirk Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court

About the court

The present sheriff courthouse in Ettrick Terrace, designed by David Rhind, opened in 1870 and is widely regarded as one of the most impressive buildings in the town.

The Court has one resident Sheriff and deals with business from an area of the Scottish Borders covering 909 square miles and with a population of 52,650.

Exterior of the Selkirk Sheriff Court

Contact the court

Location and postal address

Sheriff Court House
Ettrick Terrace

Interim Sheriff Clerk

Emma Clapperton-Turnbull




Admin department contact

If you need a JP to sign documents, please see Signing Documents. For an appointment for JPs to sign documents please contact  01750 721269.

All commissary work carried out.


01750 721269

Jury helpline

01750 721269

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

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

Public holidays


  • January 1, 2
  • March 29
  • April 1, 15
  • May 6
  • June 14
  • September 16
  • December 2, 25, 26

Directions to court

Selkirk is on the A7 one of the two main roads in the Scottish Borders. The court location is just outside the town centre near the war memorial. Use the journey planner for public transportation information.

By bus

The only bus which goes direct to and from Selkirk is service number 95 which travels between Edinburgh and Carlisle. Otherwise it is necessary to change buses in Galashiels.

By rail

There is a train service in the Borders which runs from Edinburgh Waverley to Tweedbank where the train terminates. This line also passes through the town of Galashiels.

At both the Galashiels and Tweedbank Train Stations, there are buses available for the onward commute to Selkirk.

By car

No public car parking available. Free parking on the road outside or in a free council run car park just off the Market Square.

By taxi

Nearest taxi companies are in Galashiels.

By air

Nearest airport is Newcastle Airport

On arrival

On arrival please report to the court officer if he is on duty in the foyer. Otherwise please report to the sheriff clerk's office on the ground floor.

Jurors on a jury

If you are attending for jury duty please report to the sheriff clerk's office on the ground floor. If you are sitting on a jury, lunch and refreshments will be provided for you if the court sits into the afternoon.


The Anthony Nolan charity runs a tea bar on Monday, Tuesday and alternate Thursdays providing hot and cold drinks and snacks. The tea bar is staffed by volunteers and all profits go to Anthony Nolan. There is also a number of cafe's and tea rooms in the main street.


Accessible hearing

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

Accessible access

Wheelchair users should park on the main street outside the court house can access the building from the front entrance.

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To pay a fine or for information and advice please go to pay a fine.

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