Rothesay Sheriff Court to close on St Andrew’s Day

Rothesay Sheriff Court, which sits at Argyll and Bute Council's Eaglesham House premises each Monday, will be officially closed on November 30.
Rothesay Sheriff Court, which sits at Argyll and Bute Council's Eaglesham House premises each Monday, will be officially closed on November 30.

Rothesay Sheriff Court will officially close on November 30 this year, the Scottish Courts Service has announced.

The court’s final sitting will take place on the preceding Monday, November 25, since St Andrew’s Day this year falls on a Saturday - when neither the court, nor the council facility at Eaglesham House where it sits, are open to the public.

The closure will bring an end to 178 years of court sittings in Rothesay, with all the island’s civil and criminal business being transferred to Greenock from December 1.

The final death-knell for Rothesay Sheriff Court was sounded in June, when members of the Scottish Parliament’s justice committee voted to back parliamentary orders for the closure of ten sheriff courts and six justice of the peace courts across the country.

The closure was recommended by the Scottish Courts Service in spite of near-unanimous opposition from Bute residents, court users and local politicians.