Glasgow Sheriff Court

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Glasgow Sheriff Court
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Glasgow Sheriff Court, viewed from Gorbals Street
Country Sheriffdom of Glasgow and Strathkelvin
Location Glasgow
Coordinates 55°51′10″N 4°15′12″W / 55.852778°N 4.253333°W / 55.852778; -4.253333Coordinates: 55°51′10″N 4°15′12″W / 55.852778°N 4.253333°W / 55.852778; -4.253333
No. of positions 28
Sheriff Principal
Currently James Taylor
Since 2005

Glasgow Sheriff Court is a Sheriff Court in the Gorbals (Laurieston) area of Glasgow, within the Sheriffdom of Glasgow and Strathkelvin. It is reputedly the busiest court in Europe.[1][2][3]

The court deals with both criminal and civil cases. There are currently twenty-eight sheriffs in post at Glasgow Sheriff Court (five of whom are floating sheriffs). They sit alone in civil cases and are assisted by a jury of fifteen members of the electoral roll in some criminal cases (cases using solemn procedure only).

The Sheriff Principal is James Alastair Taylor QC, who replaced Sheriff Edward F Bowen QC in 2005.


The Court is located at 1 Carlton Place in the Gorbals area of Glasgow, on the banks of the River Clyde and adjacent to Glasgow Central Mosque. It is a three-storey building of large cut stone construction and was formally opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 29 July 1986. In 2008, the roof of the building was fitted with 700 square metres of solar panels, with the capacity to create some 97 kW of power. The system cost £500,000 to install, has an expected life-span of forty years, and is predicted to cut £20,000 from the Court's electricity bill, whilst saving around forty tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.[4][5]


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  2. ^ "Industrial action to hit Glasgow Sheriff Court". Law Society of Scotland. 2 May 2008. Retrieved 22 August 2009. 
  3. ^ "Lion Television . Sheriff Court". Lion Television. Retrieved 22 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "Solar panels to power Glasgow Sheriff Court". Scottish Government. 23 June 2008. Retrieved 22 August 2009. 
  5. ^ "Sheriff's court boasts Scotland's largest solar panel system". NewEnergyFocus. 23 June 2008. Retrieved 22 August 2009. [permanent dead link]