It’s illegal for anyone to threaten or intimidate a witness. Contact the police as soon as possible.
Ayr Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court
Sheriff Court House
(24 hours answer phone)
Monday – Friday 8.00 am – 4.00 pm
The Witness Service in Ayr is overseen by Allan Grant, Assistant Service Delivery Officer
Pre court/court familiarisation visits can be carried out by appointment. These visits must be carried out when there is no business within the courtroom or the court is closed for public business. Such visits can be carried out during the following times:
Monday – Friday 8.15 am – 9.30 am or 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm (Other times may be requested. We try to be flexible but there is no guarantee that such requests will be granted).
Every victim or witness who attends at Ayr Sheriff Court before 9.30am may be able to get a court familiarisation visit depending
on availability. Those who arrive after 9.30am will be offered a court diagram explaining what happens in the Court.
By prior arrangement victims and witnesses can enter by a side door and sit in a separate waiting area if appropriate.
Photo tour of the Courts at Ayr Sheriff Court indicating who sits in each area of the Court.
Monday – Thursday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm and Friday 9.00 am – 4.30 pm. (Occasionally, during these hours, the court may close for staff training purposes. If that is the case notices will displayed within the building and information will be given on the court website).
Ayr Sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court is within the Sheriffdom of South Strathclyde Dumfries & Galloway. The courthouse is centrally located near to the town centre and overlooks Wellington Square gardens. It was formally opened in 1822. Over the years the building has been extended and in 2010 the Justice of the Peace Court was established in the same building.
On arrival at the court you should report to the reception desk which is situated in the main foyer and from there you will be directed to the Witness Service reception desk.
There are notice boards and a plasma screen in the main foyer showing court information for each day of business.
There are 5 courtrooms within the building. Courts 1, 2, 3 and 4 are located upstairs while Court 5 is on the ground floor.
On occasion, when entering the building, you may be subject to security screening at which time your bags or briefcases may be searched.
If you have a physical disability there is a separate disabled ramp access, a lift access to the first and second floors and toilet facilities.
Ample toilet facilities are available throughout the building, some for the use of witnesses only and other for the general public.
If you have hearing difficulties you can access sound enhancement facilities during court proceedings using a "Loop system".
A range of our documents and leaflets are available on request in other languages, in large print or Braille or as a recording from the Scottish Court Service.
A tea bar staffed by Ayr Hospital volunteers operates in the building between the hours of 9.15 am and 12.15 pm and is situated opposite the Witness Service reception desk. Cold drinks, tea, coffee, filled rolls, scones and confectionery items are available daily.
There are many shops and restaurants within 5 minutes walk from the court house.