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Sheriff courts

There are 49 sheriff courts throughout Scotland. The National Archives of Scotland (NAS) accepts records from all of the sheriff courts according to agreed schedules.

The NAS normally accepts transmissions of sheriff court records after they are 25 years old. Certain types of records may be transmitted earlier. Details of the different record types can be found in the sheriff court record schedule - Acrobat PDF 154KB, new window.

Records are usually uplifted from the largest sheriff courts (Edinburgh and Glasgow) every 2 years, from smaller courts every 5 to 8 years, and from the smallest courts every 10 years.

To request a transmission of your records to the NAS, contact the Court and Legal Records Branch (CLRB), so that it can be discussed and agreed. Once agreed in principle, sheriff clerks need to obtain the appropriate authority for the transmission of their court's records. This must take the form of a letter of authority from the Sheriff Principal, confirming the latest date(s) of the records to be transmitted to the NAS. The letter should be sent to the NAS Sheriff Court Officer. An online form of the letter of authority - Acrobat PDF 68KB, new window.

Before a preparatory visit from CLRB, sheriff clerks should complete a pre-inspection survey form - Acrobat PDF 104KB, new window and e-mail it to us. This will provide a helpful summary of the records for potential transmission. We will use the information when we make our preparatory visit to the court. Failure to complete the survey form could delay the transmission of records from your court.

More detailed information on sheriff court records can be found in the online catalogue by searching under the name of the sheriff court.

The NAS will normally uplift inspected sheriff court records within 2 months of the completion of the preparatory inspection.


Sheriff court transmissions

NAS reference CourtAreaLast transmissionNext transmission
SC1Aberdeen North20022010
SC35AirdrieWest20032011
SC64Alloa West19942008
SC43ArbroathEast 2007 2017
SC6AyrWest20052011
SC2BanffNorth 2009 2018
SC50CampbeltownWest20002011
SC20CuparEast20052012
SC25DingwallNorth 2006 2016
SC9DornochNorth20042013
SC65DumbartonWest20052012
SC15DumfriesWest20022010
SC45DundeeEast20022009
SC21DunfermlineEast20052013
SC51DunoonWest20062013
SC60DunsEast 2009 2019

SC39

Edinburgh

East

2008

2010

SC26ElginNorth19952008
SC66FalkirkEast 2007 2013
SC47ForfarEast 2006 2016

SC28

Fort William

North

2008

2018

SC36GlasgowWest 2009 2011
SC53GreenockWest20022010
SC40HaddingtonEast2000 2012
SC37HamiltonWest 2009 2015
SC29InvernessNorth2002 2011
SC62JedburghEast 2009 2019
SC7KilmarnockNorth2005 2013
SC23KirkcaldyEast20042012
SC16KirkcudbrightWest 2006 2016
SC11KirkwallNorth2004 2014
SC38LanarkWest 2007 2017
SC12LerwickNorth19902008
SC41LinlithgowEast 2009 2012
SC30LochmaddyNorth 2006 2016

SC57

Oban

West

2008

2018

SC58

Paisley

West

2008

2014

SC42PeeblesEast1995 2011

SC49

Perth

East

2008

2013

SC4PeterheadNorth20012012
SC32PortreeNorth 2006 2016
SC8RothesayNorth20042013

SC63

Selkirk

East

2008

2018

SC67StirlingEast19972009
SC5StonehavenNorth19962008
SC33StornowayNorth20012011
SC18 Stranraer West 2000 2010
SC34 Tain North 2009 2019
SC14 Wick North 2009 2019
  
 
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