Service summary:
  • Both original and certified copies can be apostilled
  • Post or hand deliver your Sheriff’s Court papers (24 hours)
  • We get the apostille and return your document
  • The process takes 1-2 days and starts from £110

The original and a solicitor-certified copy of the original can be used to get an apostille certificate attached to your Sheriff’s Court document.

If your original Sheriff Court form also needs to be solicitor certified or notarised will depend on if your court document contains an FCDO registered signature.

If you urgently need the apostille for the Sheriff Court judgment, we recommend that our solicitor certify your court document so that the legalisation office won’t reject it.

Once we receive your Sheriff Court records, getting an apostille usually takes 2 days, and costs start from £110, including solicitor fees, FCDO fees and VAT.

We can return the legalised court document via DHL courier (next-day service), or you can collect it in person (24 hours).

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 The full order process: 

Step one:

Ensure your Scottish Sheriff Court document can be legalised with an apostille in the UK. The Sheriff’s document must be valid and issued by an official Scottish court.

Step two:

Contact our office.

When emailing, please provide the following information:

  • Your Sheriff Court document will be used in what country?
  • How soon do you need the apostille?
  • Do you also require embassy legalisation?
  • How will the court document be delivered and returned?

When we have all the information, the team will assess your enquiry and give you a detailed quotation.

If you accept the quotation, we will send an invoice to be paid, and the process of getting an apostille will start.

Step three:

Once your Sheriff Court document has been apostilled, we will send you a scanned copy via email.

If you are not collecting your apostilled document from our London office – we will provide you with the DHL tracking number given by the courier.

Note that we return documents by DHL courier only. If you want to make other arrangements, please let us know.

How much does it cost?

Getting an apostille for a Scottish Sheriff Court document starts from £110.

Other costs will depend on additional services you choose (express service) if you need embassy attestation and what return delivery method you choose.

Additional cost examples are:

  • Same day or express service (+ £123)
  • Return delivery costs (+ £20)
  • Notarisation by notary public (+ £90)
  • Embassy attestation/legalisation (from £75)

How long does it take to get an apostille for a Sheriff Court document?

Standard processing times for getting an apostille is 1-2 working days.

Here is an explanation of the difference between the 1 to 2 day service times:

  • If your documents arrive by 10 am, it will take 1 day to process your documents + next-day return delivery.
  • If your documents arrive after 10 am, then it would take 2 days to apostille your documents + next day return delivery.

We also offer a same-day apostille service.

  • Documents must arrive before 10 am for the same-day service.
  • Documents can be collected around 4 pm the same day.

Same-day service assumes you can drop off and collect your documents on the same day.

The same-day becomes a 24-hour service if a courier service is used.

Read our article on how the same-day apostille service works.

Do I have to come to your office?

No, you don’t need to attend our office in Westminster to get your court document apostilled by the legalisation office in London or Milton Keynes.

Documents can be sent by courier or by post. We recommend using a tracked service if you send your documents by post. We return your documents in the same way.

Who can certify or notarise a sheriff court document?

A solicitor can certify the document if an apostille is needed for a document issued by a sheriff’s court in Scotland. The solicitor certifies that the document has been seen.

A notary public can also notarise a sheriff court document for an apostille. The notary public notarises that the original court document is genuine. Before notarising the document as genuine, the notary must check it against the records of the relevant sheriff’s court.

A notary public can also notarise a copy of a sheriff court document as a ‘true copy’. The notary must have seen both the original document and the copy. The notary public will check the original document against the records of the sheriff’s court.

The Law Society of Scotland automatically admits all solicitors in Scotland as notaries public [1].

Which Sheriff Court documents can be apostilled?

All official documents issued by a sheriff’s court can be apostilled.

To be accepted by the legalisation office of the FCDO, a document issued by the sheriff court must be either:

  • stamped by the court with a wet ink stamp, or
  • signed manually by a court official, or
  • certified/notarised as above.
Mock-Up of Scottish Sheriff Court Document with apostille certificate
Mock-up of Scottish Sheriff Court document with apostille certificate

Who can request an apostille for a sheriff court document?

Any foreign person, company, organisation, or government agency can request an apostille for a sheriff court document.

In practice, sheriff court documents that need apostilles are usually related to financial, marital and employment matters.

Why is an apostille required for sheriff court documents?

Countries which are party to the Hague Convention 1961 accept the legal validity of a document issued by a Scottish sheriff court only if the Legalisation Office of the FCDO has apostilled the document.

When should I get an apostille for a sheriff court document?

You should get an apostille for your sheriff court document if an overseas individual, employer, organisation, or government agency requests it.

Apostilles are sufficient for countries which are party to the Hague Convention (see above).

Countries which are not a party to the Hague Convention may require further legalisation.

Who can provide sheriff court documents?

The court itself provides documents.

Sheriff courts in Scotland are administered by sheriff clerks. You should contact the sheriff clerk either in person, by telephone or by post if you need sheriff court documents [2].

Do I need a translation of sheriff’s court documents?

Translations of sheriff court documents are only needed if requested. Translations must be certified as accurate.

We offer translation for all official Sheriff Court documents. Translation takes 2-3 days and costs start from as low as £50 per page. Discount for 3 or more documents, please enquire.

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[1] Law Society Scotland – Notary Public

[2] Practical Low – Sheriff Clerk

[3 ] About Sheriff Courts

[ 4] Sheriffs

[5 ] Sheriff Court Records – National Records of Scotland (NRS)

[6 ] Sheriff court