Order of Decorum

Upon consideration of the public and media interest, and in order to provide for orderly proceedings in all matters in this Court, the Court hereby enters the following Order.

Unless otherwise provided, this Order applies to the Trumbull County Family Court, and all grounds of the Trumbull County Family Court.

Unless otherwise provided, the terms "proceeding" and "proceedings" as used in this Order shall apply to all matters held in open Court to which the public is entitled to attend, including but not limited to pretrials, motion hearings, voir dire and/or trial ( here to view full version)


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 Sandra Stabile Harwood, Administrative Judge and Honorable Samuel F. Bluedorn.

About Our Judges...


Judge Sandra Stabile Harwood was elected to the Trumbull County Court of Common Pleas Domestic/Juvenile Division in 2012.  She received her Bachelor of Business Administration cum laude from Kent State University and her Juris Doctorate from the UPhoto of Judge Sandra Stabile Harwood.niversity of Akron.  Judge Harwood is also a graduate of the Fellowship Program of the Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership at the Robert M. LaFollette School of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin.  She was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1991 and in 2004 admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States of America.  Her twenty-plus years in private practice focused primarily on family law.

Judge Stabile Harwood served four consecutive terms in the Ohio House of Representatives until term limited in 2010.  She earned the distinct honor to serve as the first woman to chair the Ohio House Judiciary Committee.  Her passion for protecting families and children led her to a decade of service for the Trumbull County Child Support Enforcement Agency where she served as In-House Counsel, Chief Administrative Hearing Officer.  She remains committed to the integrity of the judiciary and serving the families of Trumbull County, Ohio.

Judge Stabile Harwood oversaw the creation and certification by the Ohio Supreme Court of a specialized docket for the Trumbull County Juvenile Drug Court and serves as Judge over the specialized docket as well as chair the court’s advisory committee.  In addition, she currently serves on the Ohio Judicial Conference Legislative Committee, the Domestic Relations Law and Procedure Committee, and the Juvenile Law and Procedure Committee.  She previously served as Chair of the Trumbull County Board of Elections, Ohio’s State Director for the National Foundation of Women Legislators as well as President of the Ohio Family Support Association.  Judge Stabile Harwood has been the recipient of several awards and recognition for her work on behalf of children and families of Ohio.  In addition, she had the honor of being chosen as Legislator of the Year in 2005 by Ohio’s CSEA’s Director’s Association and the Breast Cancer Hero Award from the Ohio Breast Cancer Coalition.


Judge Sam Bluedorn grew up in Warren, the son of a police officer and Warren City School worker.  After graduating with a BA from Kent State University, the Judge joined the United States Marine Corp reserves while working for both the Akron and Canton city prosecutor’s office. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Akron School of Law in 1992. Photo of Judge Samuel Bluedorn.

Judge Bluedorn served as an Assistant Prosecutor for the City of Warren’s Law Department before going into private practice. Licensed in both the State of Ohio and in federal court, Judge Bluedorn’s twenty-five years in private practice included both a public defender’s contract, and later he earned a sharp reputation as a skilled and respected criminal attorney practicing law successfully in every court in Trumbull County. His diverse legal experience in domestic, criminal, probate, juvenile and civil law allows Judge Bluedorn to apply a multifaceted approach in the Trumbull County Family Court.

As a third generation United States Marine, Judge Bluedorn believes in service to his country and community. That’s why he became an Accredited Veteran’s Administration attorney, served on the Executive Committee for the Trumbull County Bar Association, and as a Certified Grievance Committee member and past Chair as well as former member and Vice Chair of the Howland Township Board of Zoning Appeals .

His legal experience allows him to understand the importance and gravity that each decision holds. His life experience guides him to be firm yet empathetic in his decisions for the families in our proud community.