The Scioto County Court of Common Pleas, General Division has unlimited jurisdiction over all felony and civil cases.

602 Seventh Street
Portsmouth, Ohio 45662

Judge Howard H. Harcha, III:
Phone: (740) 355-8207
Fax: (740) 355-8230

Judge Howard H. Harcha, III


  • harcha4Judge, Scioto County Common Pleas Court, 1997 to present
  • Judge, Portsmouth Municipal Court, 1991-1997
  • City Prosecutor, Portsmouth Municipal Court, 1982-1991
  • General practice of law with father, Howard H. Harcha, Jr., 1982-1991

Education:

B.A., The Ohio State University – 1979
J.D., Ohio Northern University – College of Law – 1982

  • Ohio Common Please Judges Association, President, 2013
  • Ohio Judicial Conference Committee on Community Corrections, Co-Chairman
  • Ohio Judicial Conference, Executive Committee, 2007 to present
  • Ohio Supreme Court Committee for Attorney Specialization, Member, 2004-2008
  • Ohio Common Pleas Judges Association, Board of Trustees, 2007-2014
  • American Judges Association, Board of Governors, 2002-2008
  • American Judges Association, Court of Appeals, 2010 to present
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Board of Governors, 2013-2015
  • Ohio State Bar Association, Criminal Justice Committee, Chairman, 1996-1997
  • Ohio Academy of Trail Lawyers, Board of Trustees, 1986-1989
  • STAR Community Justice Center, Franklin Furnace, Ohio, JAB Board, Chairman
  • Cornerstone United Methodist Church, Portsmouth, Ohio

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Mark E. Kuhn


  • Born in Portsmouth, Ohio, On June 22,1969; admitted to Ohio Bar in 1994; also admitted before the U.S. District Court, the Southern District of Ohio.
  • Preparatory Education: Miami University, College of Education and Allied Professions (B.S. Ed. 1991), University of Toledo, College of Law (Juris Doctor 1994).
  • Spouse: Keri A. (Gable) Kuhn
  • Scioto County Prosecutor (2005 to July 2018)
  • Portsmouth City Prosecutor (1995,1996 to 2004)
  • Offices of Mark E. Kuhn Attorney at Law (1994-2004)
  • Member, Scioto County Bar Association (1994 to Present), Past Trustee Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Structured Sentencing Committee (Prior member)
  • Member, Ohio Prosecuting Attorney’s Association, Legislative Committee, Training Committee (2005-2018)
  • Member, Ohio State Bar Association (1994 to Present)
  • Real Estate and Probate Section
  • Member, United Way of Scioto County (1998 to 2005; 2010-Present), Past President
  • Portsmouth Public Library Board of Trustees (2001 to 2005), Past President Hospice of Southern Ohio (1995 to Present), Current President
  • Member, Southern Ohio Task Force on Domestic Violence (1997 to Present) Evangelical United Church of Christ (Lifelong Member)
  • Church Council (1995-2000), Past President, Past Deacon, Past Elder Scioto Christian Ministry (1997-1999)
  • Member, Scioto County Fair Board (2004 to 2005)
  • Member, Criminal Justice Mental Health Advisory Board (2003 to 2005)
  • Member, Northwest High School Alumni Association (1995 to 2006), Past President, Past Treasurer.
  • Member, Portsmouth Kiwanis Club (1995 to 2017), Past Board Member, Ohio Municipal Attorney’s Association (1996 to 2004)
  • Northwest High School Mock Trial (1995 to 2003), Legal Advisor
  • Member Scioto County Budget Commission (2005-2018)
  • Member Scioto County Records Commission (2005-2018)
  • Member Scioto County Community Corrections Advisory Board (2003-2018)
  • Ohio and Southern District Federal Judicial Nominating Commission (2016 & 2017)

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