Sheriff Officer or Messenger-at-Arms

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Sheriff officers enforce court orders from regional civil courts. Messengers-at-arms enforce the orders of the supreme civil court, the Court of Session.

They have the authority to enforce entry to premises and to enforce seizure of goods.

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The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Salaries for trainee sheriff officers are around £19,000 a year. Salaries for qualified sheriff officers are around £26,000 a year and for qualified messengers-at-arms around £28,000 a year. You may also earn a performance bonus.


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More Information

Scotland is geographically divided into six sheriffdoms and 39 local sheriff court districts.


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service
Tel: 0131 248 1817
Website (2):
Twitter: @SCTScourtstribs

The SCTS also has a LinkedIn profile page -

Skills for Justice
Tel: 0117 922 1155
Twitter: @Skills_Justice

Skills for Justice is the Sector Skills Council for the Justice, Community Safety and Legal Services Sectors. The careers section of their website holds information on the careers within these sectors.

Society of Messengers-at-Arms and Sheriff Officers (SMASO)
Tel: 0131 292 0321

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