In Scotland, civil, criminal and heraldic Courts are responsible for the administration of justice.  All Courts within Scotland are governed by Scots Law.

  • Within our Local Authority, Stirling Sheriff Court is both our local sheriff Court and Justice of the Peace Court.
  • The Court of the Lord Lyon has jurisdiction over all heraldic business in Scotland. 
  • The Court of Session is the supreme civil court of Scotland and will hear cases of first instance and act as a court of appeal for civil cases from other courts, such as Sheriff courts and heraldic appeals the Court of the Lord Lyon.
  • The High Court of Justiciary is the supreme criminal court of Scotland and serves as both a court of first instance and a court of appeal.  The High Court of Justiciary has jurisdiction over all crimes in Scotland, unless restricted by statute.