About Us

Our History

With a history stretching back to 1924, Charles Anderson has a long and proud tradition of serving the people and businesses of Scotland. When the company was founded, the success of a business depended solely on the quality of its people. Now that we are in the 21st century, having the right people is just as important as ever - but the modern business also has to embrace technology in order to succeed. At Charles Anderson we invest heavily in both people and technology to ensure we give the best possible service to our clients and their customers. Our Messengers-at-Arms and Sheriff Officers have a wealth of experience and take pride in providing an efficient and professional service. All of our teams have access to up-to-the minute information to whichever case they are working on enabling them to respond quickly to urgent instructions. And as members of the Society of Messengers-at-Arms and Sheriff Officers (SMASO) we have all the support of a nationwide network. We have a continued policy of managed investment with our in-house I.T. staff continuously enhancing and adapting our technology systems to meet the changing needs of the business and its clients. We have been providing our customers with an efficient, professional service for over 80 years and by getting the best out of our people and the latest technology we will continue to do so for the future.

What is a Sheriff Officer?

The position of Sheriff Officer is probably one of the oldest in the history of the Scottish legal system. A Sheriff Officer is an agent of the regional civil court - the Sheriff Court. There are six sheriffdoms within Scotland which are composed of 49 Sheriff Court Districts. When a Sheriff Officer is granted a commission by a Sheriff for a particular Sheriffdom, the Officer can operate only within the Sheriff Court Districts of that Sheriffdom. However, an Officer may operate outwith his commissioned area but only if the original warrant he is executing was granted in a Sheriff Court where he holds a commission from.

What is a Messenger-at-Arms?

The main differences between a Sheriff Officer and a Messenger-at-Arms are the source of their authority and their jurisdiction. A Messenger-At-Arms is an officer of the supreme civil court in Scotland - the Court of Session - rather than the regional Sheriff Court. Also, a Messenger-at-Arms is not restricted to a geographical area but has jurisdiction anywhere in Scotland to serve Court of Session process.