National Records of Scotland

Preserving the past, Recording the present, Informing the future

Court and Legal records

Court and Legal records

We hold the records of Scottish courts of law, including the Court of Session, High Court of Justiciary, sheriff courts and commissary courts, and legal registers associated with them, such as registers of sasines and registers of deeds.

The following guides gives details on specific types of legal records.

Adoption Records

Chancery Records

Coats of Arms

Commissary Court Records

Company Registration Records

Court of Session Records

Crime and Criminals


Divorce and Separation Records

Fatal Accident Inquiry Records

High Court Criminal Trials

Inheriting Land and Buildings

Justices of the Peace Records


Sheriff Court Records

Soldiers' and Airmen's Wills

Wills and Testaments

Read an index of legal terms, which you are likely to come across when using Scottish court records.