You are viewing an archived web page captured at 12:11:03 Jan 18, 2020, which is part of the National Records of Scotland Web Archive. The information on this web page may be out of date. See all captures of this archived page. Archived web pages you visit here may leave cookies in your browser. These are not owned, controlled, or used by NRS. NRS do use cookies, including Google Analytics, to monitor site usage and performance. These can be managed in your browser settings. Find out more about cookies.
Loading media information

This website is no longer being updated. Please go to GOV.SCOT

Justice of the Peace Courts

Justice of the Peace courts are an integral part of Scotland's criminal justice system, hearing almost a third of the criminal cases which come before courts in Scotland.

What sort of cases come before a Justice of the Peace court?

Cases which typically come up before the Justice of the Peace courts include motoring offences, breach of the peace, assault, theft and shoplifting. These offences often cause distress or aggravation to local communities. It is crucial that they are dealt with promptly and fairly.

What sentences can Justices of the Peace impose?

Justices of the Peace can impose custodial sentences of up to two months, or fines of up to £2,500.

The Justice of the Peace Courts map shows the location of the District or Justice of the Peace Courts in Scotland and the Sheriffdom where they are located.