About Portsmouth Municipal Court
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.