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Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court

A Scots Baronial construction on Whytescauseway in the town centre, Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court was the work of St. Andrews-based architect James R. Gillespie 1893-94, at a cost of 9000. It is now B-listed. The building features a crow-stepped gable, contrasting sharp and rounded corners and a central three-storey tower with attached four-storey round turret which becomes hexagonal as it rises. A large eastern extension by the Property Services Agency in 1979 is very modern, but pays homage to the original through its glazed round-headed stair towers. Inside there is a wood-panelled courtroom and fine Art Deco light fittings. The court hit the headlines in 2011 when the Swedish disc-jockey Basshunter was cleared of assault charges relating to an appearance in the town. A year later the Naked Rambler was jailed at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court for five months.

It is operated by the Scottish Court Service.


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