Rhode Island Family Court Magistrate

Jeanne L. Shepard


Contact Information
  • J. Joseph Garrahy Judicial Complex, 1 Dorrance Plz., Providence, RI, 02903
  • Office Phone: (401)458-5300
  • TTY: 711
General Background
  • High School: The Wheeler School, 1975
  • College: Middlebury College, BA, 1979
  • Graduate School: Suffolk University, JD, 1986
  • Business and Personal Affiliations: Rhode Island Bar Association; Family Court Bench Bar Committee
Public Service Information
  • Prior Government Offices: Legal Counsel, Coastal Resources Management Council (1986-1999); Special Magistrate, Rhode Island Family Court (1997-1999); Legal Counsel/Executive Assistant, Rhode Island Family Court (1995-1999)
  • The Family Court has jurisdiction over matters relating to delinquent, wayward, dependent, neglected, abused, mentally deficient, or disordered children. The Family Court also hears and determines all petitions for guardianship of any child who has been placed in the care, custody, and control of the Department of Children, Youth and Families. The court also has jurisdiction over adoptions, child marriages, paternity proceedings, matters involving domestic relations, juveniles, and all matters relating to the enforcement of laws regulating childcare providers and child placing agencies.

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