Sheriff Appeal Court - Civil

Parliament House, Edinburgh

The Sheriff Appeal Court (Civil) commenced in 2016, as part of the Scottish Civil Courts Reforms.
It hears appeals against sheriff court cases. In Chapter 7 Procedure, the appeal is normally heard by three appeal sheriffs sitting in Parliament House, Edinburgh, while in Chapter 8 Procedure cases the appeal is normally heard by one appeal sheriff in the court where the action originated. Whether cases are heard under Chapter 7 or Chapter 8 Procedure is set by a number of factors including the significance of the appeal, its complexity and the novelty of the points raised. It is possible to request Urgent Disposal of the appeal regardless of whether the appeal will be heard under Chapters 7 or 8.

Contact details for the Sheriff Appeal Court administrative centre are:

Sheriff Appeal Court
Parliament House
Parliament Square

DX number 549306, Edinburgh 36

Telephone number 0131 240 6945


Email is the default method for lodging motions in the court.

To be able to use this facility, a single email address, to be registered with the Court, must be provided to

Information on registering for E-Motions


For enquiries relating to the Sheriff Appeal Court please call 0131 240 6945 in the first instance or to arrange an appointment. Any queries regarding the Sheriff Appeal Court (Civil) can also be emailed to 

Procedural Hearings under Chapter 7 Procedure

Procedural hearings will be assigned by the Court without the requirement of input from parties or their agents.

All documents, including new notes of appeal should be lodged by e-mail to Any electronic document will be deemed to have been lodged with the Court on the date when the e-mail with the document is received at the aforementioned e-mail address. This email inbox will be monitored during working hours. Urgent matters will be prioritised. No document should be sent by post or via document exchange until further notice.

No hard copy document will be accepted unless the Court has made a specific order, such as in relation to the fixing of an in-person or hybrid hearing. This relates to documents submitted by post, document exchange or at a public counter by parties or their representatives.

Telephone conference facilities will be available as a backup should technical difficulties be encountered and may also be used when the Court so directs.