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Judge Jerry L. Buckler

Judge Jerry L. Buckler

Judge Jerry L. Buckler’s entire life has involved helping others and giving back to his community. Judge Buckler has been a high school math teacher, a coach, an attorney, a courtroom magistrate, a PTO President, a prosecutor, a school board member, and now a Judge. Judge Buckler has also been a strong advocate for children, especially children and adults with developmental disabilities.

As a Family Court Judge, Judge Buckler works face-to-face with the families of Scioto County. Many times these families are challenged by drugs, abuse, lack of support, and an overall breakdown of the family unit. The Judge has quickly learned that his decisions have a significant impact on the lives of people, especially the children. Judge Buckler is appreciative of the trust of the citizens in electing him to a position that he has described as “humbling.” Judge Buckler recognizes the fact that “real people, with real problems, need real solutions” and he is committed to that end.

Judge Buckler is a 1983 graduate of Valley High School, and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from Rio Grande College in 1987, a Master of Education Degree in Educational Leadership from Ohio University in 1991, and a Juris Doctor Degree from the Capital University Law School in 1996. While at Capital, Judge Buckler was a member and associate editor of the Capital University Law Review.

Judge Buckler was elected to a six-year term as Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division, on November 6, 2012.  He took office on January 2, 2013.  Judge Buckler was re-elected to a second six-year term in November of 2018.  Judge Buckler is an active member of the judicial conference. Judge Buckler was elected by his peers to be a trustee of the Ohio Association of Domestic Relations Judges (OADRJ) for two terms.  Most recently, Judge Buckler vacated his trustee position when he was elected to be the Vice President of the OADRJ.

Judge Buckler’s father was a retired Laborer and his mother was a homemaker. Although he never graduated from high school, the Judge calls his father the smartest man he has ever known. As well, the Judge is quick to acknowledge that he was a “momma’s boy.” Judge Buckler is married to Lisa, a supervisor at the Ohio BWC, and they are the parents of Adrienne, an attorney, and Adam, a dentist.

Magistrate Robert M. Johnson

Magistrate Robert M. Johnson

Magistrate Robert M. Johnson is a 2004 graduate of South Webster High School. He earned his Associate of Applied Science in Paralegal Studies and his Bachelor of Business Administration from Marshall University in 2009. Magistrate Johnson then earned his Juris Doctor Degree from Capital University Law School in 2013.

Prior to his service with the Court, Magistrate Johnson practiced law in various areas of civil litigation, including family law and personal injury law. As part of his family law practice, Magistrate Johnson handled cases involving divorce, dissolution, parentage, child support, child abuse, juvenile delinquencies, and domestic violence civil proAs a result of being raised in a family of educators, Magistrate Johnson has a passion for advocating for the best interests of children. Scioto County.

Magistrate Johnson resides in South Webster with his two sons, Caden and Foster. Magistrate Johnson enjoys volunteering with the South Webster youth sports programs and has coached Mock Trial at South Webster High School since 2014. In his free time, Magistrate Johnson enjoys attending his kids’ activities and rooting for The Ohio State Buckeyes. As a result of being raised in a family of educators, Magistrate Johnson has a passion for advocating for the best interests of children.

Our Mission

The mission of the Scioto County Domestic Relations Court is to help families in transition restructure their lives by reaching compassionate and just resolutions to parenting and property disputes within the bounds of the laws of the State of Ohio. The Court is committed to serving the best interests of children by creating solutions, resolving disputes and helping families transition smoothly into a new family situation.


Scioto County Domestic Relations Court, Scioto County Courthouse,

602 7th Street, Rooms 301 and 303, Portsmouth, Ohio 45662


Judge's Office: (740) 355-8316

Magistrate's Office: (740) 353-1646

Fax: (740) 355-8205