Rhode Island Armenians acknowledges, Family Court Chief Judge Haiganush R. Bedrosian, a Rhode Island Armenian who was the first woman to lead the court that handles divorces and child custody issues, and the first woman to serve on the Family Court bench. for these outstanding accomplishments and more.
Bedrosian, of Warwick, listed in a letter to Governor Raimondo initiatives she undertook in the court since she took the helm. They include broadening the mediation program in domestic and state Department of Children, Youth and Families matters and expanding the family treatment drug court. During her tenure, the court rules and the forms used to guide the filing process were also revised.
“The needs as well as services required by those appearing in Family Court are a constant challenge; it has been my personal focus to not lose sight of that challenge,” she wrote. “It is with a sense of satisfaction and many accomplishments that I find myself ready to take on the next chapter in life.”
Before taking the bench, Bedrosian worked in private practice specializing in family law after a stint as assistant general counsel to the Providence & Worcester Railroad Co. She also served as a prosecutor in the early 1970s after earning a law degree from Suffolk University Law School.
In December 2013, Bedrosian hosted a two-day conference on sex trafficking and exploitation of children in the child-welfare system that was attended by 400 members of law enforcement, child-welfare workers, clinicians and investigators from across Rhode Island.
The honorable judge retired today at the age of 72…