Portsmouth Municipal Court

Welcome to the Portsmouth Municipal Court


Effective May 1st, 2022 the Portsmouth Municipal Court will be changing its court costs. The new cost schedules can be found at these links:

The Court will no longer accept personal checks.

The Portsmouth Municipal Court has jurisdiction to hear all criminal and traffic violations and certain civil matters that occur within Scioto County. Two Municipal Court judges are elected in a general election by the citizens of the county and serve six-year staggered terms. A part-time magistrate is appointed by the judges and hears most small claims matters.

The Court will hear and decide over 3,000 Criminal Cases, 10,000 Traffic Cases, and 2,000 Civil Cases in an average year. The Probation Department monitors over 2,000 defendants who have been sentenced to some form of Court Supervision.

Clerk of the Court

Through the office of the Clerk of Court, all records of the proceedings of the Court are maintained according to State law. The Clerk's Office is also responsible for accepting payments on fines and providing access to the public records in accordance with the law.

Payment Methods

Payments for Fines, Costs, or Fees, can be made to the Clerk of Court in the form of Cash, Debit Card, Credit Card, Apple Pay or Money Order between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.

Traffic violations can be paid on-line using a debit or credit card or by calling 877-341-9588. Payment can only be made for new citations and the citation does not require a mandatory court appearance. Payments cannot be made on fines.

Court Administration

  • Steven L. Mowery, Judge
  • Russell D. Kegley, Judge
  • George L. Davis III, Magistrate
  • Kasey Boone, Clerk of Court

Court Staff

Criminal/Traffic Division
  • Dottie Wiley, Chief Deputy Clerk
  • Sherri Wheelersburg, Clerk
  • Amanda Crawford, Clerk
  • Andrea Gilley, Clerk
  • Debra Oberling, Clerk
Civil Division
  • Susan Adams, Civil Chief Deputy Clerk
  • Penny Gilliland, Clerk
  • Gail Folsom, Clerk

Probation Staff

  • Levi Morgan, Chief Probation Officer
  • Craig Johnson, Probation Officer
  • Chris Dunham, Security
  • Danielle Winters, ISP/Probation Officer
  • Dusty Kempf, ISP/Probation Officer

Important Contact Information

Clerk's Office
  • Phone: 740.354.3283
  • Fax: 740.353.6645
Probation Office
  • Phone: 740.353.7367
  • Fax: 740.351.0904

Court Address

728 Second St.
First Floor
Portsmouth, Ohio 45662

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
8:00AM - 4:00PM
Court is closed on weekends and all legal holidays

Contact Us

Phone: 740.354.3283
Fax: 740.353.6645