Trumbull County Family Court...

This website is designed to give you general information on the main areas of responsibility of the Trumbull County Family Court. Family Court is broken down into the following areas: Court of Domestic Relations, Juvenile Court, and Juvenile Detention Center. This website is designed for informational purposes only and cannot be used to seek information regarding cases filed. To inquire or apply for assistance in any of the categories listed, call the Trumbull County Family Court at (330)675-2600.

The Trumbull County Family Court is run under the administration of the two(2) current elected Judges, Honorable Pamela A. Rintala, Administrative Judge and Honorable Sandra Stabile Harwood..

About Our Judges...

JUDGE PAPhoto of Judge Pamela Rintala.MELA RINTALA

Judge Pamela Rintala was first elected to the Trumbull County Family Court in 1994, becoming the first woman elected to the bench in Trumbull County Court of Common Pleas.  She was re-elected in 2000 and again in 2006.

A graduate of Warren Western Reserve High School, Judge Rintala attended Kent State University where she obtained a B.A. Degree in Sociology.  Following college, she became a social worker in Gallipolis, Ohio, returning to Trumbull County where she served as a detention counselor in the newly established Trumbull County Juvenile Justice Center.  Judge Rintala was later promoted to the position of Juvenile Probation Officer during which time she attended law school in the evening at The University of Akron.  Upon passing the bar, Judge Rintala practiced law, concentrating in family law issues.  In 1988 Judge Peter Panagis hired her as a part-time Court Referee, a position she maintained until her election to the bench in 1994.

While serving, Judge Rintala has created the Solace Center, a supervised visitation center and a specialized docket Family Dependency Treatment Court.  The Family Dependency Court handles cases of parents who are in danger of losing their children due to addiction to drugs or alcohol.  In addition, Judge Rintala, in association with her colleague on the bench, Judge Richard James, has established a special projects fund to assist in the payment of Guardian Ad litems to represent the best interest of the children in cases that come before the Court.

Judge Rintala remains committed to the families of Trumbull County by providing fair access to the Court and ensuring that the children are provided for and protected.



Judge Sandra Stabile Harwood has devoted her career to serving the families and children of Trumbull County.  She received her Bachelor of Business Administration cum laude from Kent State University and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Akron School of Law and was also a BUILLD Fellow at the Robert M. LaFollette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin.Photo of Judge Sandra Stabile Harwood.

She was admitted to the Ohio Supreme Court in 1991 and the U.S. Supreme Court in 2004.  Her twenty-plus years in private practice focused primarily on Family Law.  It was her passion for children and families that led her to nearly a decade of service for the Trumbull County Child Support Enforcement Agency as In House Counsel and Chief Administrative Hearing Officer.

Her work on behalf of children and families followed her to The Ohio House of Representatives.  She served four consecutive terms as State Representative for Ohio’s 65th District regularly championing the causes of children, seniors, health care, economic development and equality until term limited.  She had the distinct honor to be the first woman to chair the Ohio House Judiciary Committee and remains committed to the integrity of the Judicial System.

Judge Harwood believes that there can be no greater call to public service than to serve in a judicial capacity protecting and ensuring the constitutional rights of individuals.  She remains committed to serving the families of Trumbull County, treating all who come before the Court with dignity and respect, providing a fair, independent and impartial judiciary, providing access to and strengthening the public’s confidence in the Court. 

She has been the recipient of several awards and State-wide recognition for her work on behalf of children and families of Ohio and was named Legislator of the Year in 2005 by Ohio’s CSEA’s Director’s Association.  She has also served as President of Ohio’s Family Support Association and as Ohio’s State Director for the National Foundation of Women Legislators.