7 New Judges Confirmed in Rhode Island Superior, District & Family Courts

The Rhode Island Senate confirmed 7 judges last week, according to the Providence Journal:

  • Family Court Associate Justice Haiganush R. Bedrosian has been confirmed as the Chief Justice of the Family Court.
  • Walter R. Stone has been confirmed as an Associate Justice of the Superior Court.
  • Sarah Taft-Carter has been confirmed as an Associate Justice of the Superior Court.
  • Brian Van Couyghen has been confirmed as an Associate Justice of the Superior Court.
  • Family Court Magistrate Colleen M. Hastings has been confirmed as an Associate Justice of the District Court.
  • District Court Magistrate Christine S. Jabour has been confirmed as an Associate Justice of the District Court.
  • Warwick Probate Court Judge Stephen Isherwood has been confirmed as an Associate Justice of the District Court.

The Journal notes the lasting legacy of outgoing Governor Don Carcieri:

The confirmations seal a legacy for the outgoing governor: He has named more than half of the state’s 62 judges, including four of the five who sit on the Supreme Court. He has put 34 judges on the bench, 14 more than his predecessor, including the chief judges of the Supreme, Superior, Family and District courts. His selections of women as chief judges of the Family and District courts are a first in each case.

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