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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.