- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The chief judge of Rhode Island’s Family Court has announced her retirement.

The Providence Journal (https://bit.ly/1NSUSsg ) reports that Judge Haiganush Bedrosian told the governor she plans to retire Jan. 8.

The 72-year-old Bedrosian was the first woman to lead the court that handles divorces and child custody cases.

The Cranston native was nominated to the court by Gov. J. Joseph Garrahy in 1980 and was named chief judge in 2010 by Gov. Donald Carcieri.

Bedrosian said in a letter to Gov. Gina Raimondo that during her tenure she broadened the mediation program in domestic and state Department of Children, Youth and Families matters and expanded the family treatment drug court. During her tenure, the court rules and the forms used to guide the filing process were revised.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com

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