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Bedrosian becomes Rhode Island Family Court chief judge

Haiganush Bedrosian was sworn in as Rhode Island’s new chief Family Court judge in December 2010 and promises to institute a number of reforms.

Bedrosian, the first woman to lead the Family Court, would like to increase the court’s efficiency and create a mediation program for contested divorces.

She also plans to consult with the state bar association, the judiciary and statewide organizations about changes needed in the court.

“I know there can be great changes,” Bedrosian told the Providence Journal. “Everything we do will be done with a great deal of measured thinking.”
The daughter of Armenian immigrants and a former schoolteacher, Bedrosian earned a law degree from Suffolk University Law School. She worked as a prosecutor and later in a family law practice.

Bedrosian was appointed to the bench in 1980 and was the Family Court’s acting chief judge after former Chief Judge Jeremiah retired in June 2010. Former Gov. Donald Carcieri named her to permanently replace Jeremiah four months later.

“Her measured and calm approach has been invaluable to her contribution as an associate justice and will serve her well in leading the Family Court,” said Carcieri.