Rules Committee

The Rules Committee provides oversight and guidance regarding proposed rule amendments throughout the ICJ rule-making process.  The Rules Committee is responsible for administering the Commission’s rule-making process, drafting proposed rule amendments and considering proposed rule amendments from other committees and regions.  The Rules Committee ensures the rule amendments are properly formatted and include adequate justifications. 

Membership is limited to 2-3 members from each of the four regions.  The members update their respective region on the activities of the committee at the regional meetings.   In odd numbered years (such as 2025), members meet face-to-face to review comments and finalize recommendations. Members also participate in the presentation at the Annual Business Meeting.  This is the only committee that operates on a 2-year cycle. 

View the Rules Calendar for 2023 - 2025 - approved April 17, 2024

Learn more about the ICJ Rules promulgation process. 

2023 - 2024 Meeting Dates:

  • December 20, 2023 @ 2pm ET
  • January 17, 2024 @ 2pm ET
  • February 21, 2024 @ 2pm ET
  • April 17, 2024 @ 2pm ET
  • May 15, 2024 @ 2pm ET - meeting cancelled
  • June 13, 2024 @ 2pm ET
  • July 17, 2024 @ 2pm ET


Stephen Horton

Commissioner, Rules Committee Chair, North Carolina


Stephen Horton is the Commissioner for North Carolina and the Deputy Compact Administrator for the North Carolina ICJ Office with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety; Division of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. He has served as DCA since 2014 and has over 13 years of service with the North Carolina ICJ office. He was appointed Commissioner in 2021. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Appalachian State University in 1996. Mr. Horton began his career in juvenile justice over 24 years ago and has worked as a Court Counselor, Court Counselor Supervisor, and as a Staff Development Specialist. Stephen is an adjunct General Instructor for North Carolina and holds Specialized Instructor certifications in Restraint, Control, and Defensive Tactics (self-defense) and Wellness and Fitness. He has chaired the Rules Committee for the past two years during this “rules promulgation cycle.” Stephen also serves on the Training Committee. Beyond work, he likes spending his time outdoors.

Vice Chair

Caitlyn Bickford

Commissioner, Deputy Compact Administrator, UNITY Coordinator, Regional Representative, New Hampshire


Caitlyn Bickford is the Commissioner and Deputy Compact Administrator for the New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth and Families Interstate Office.  Caitlyn began her career with NH DCYF in 2007 as a Child Protective Service Worker (CPSW) in a local district office, working closely with families with a substantiated finding of abuse or neglect in order to reunify children with their parents, or assisting the parents with maintaining their children in their home.  Caitlyn then worked as a Permanency CPSW, focusing on achieving sustainable permanency for children that were legally free for adoption.  From there, she was promoted to the position of Permanency Supervisor within that local office, where she supervised a staff of 6-8 workers, along with ensuring a sustained attention on permanency for all of the children within that local office.   After 4-years as a Supervisor, Caitlyn then accepted a position within NH DCYF’s State Office as the Deputy Compact Administrator for the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC) in 2017.  At that time, ICJ was being managed by another position within State Office.  Caitlyn advocated for ICPC and ICJ to be under the same position given the similarities and unique crossover there often is, especially given Child Protection and Juvenile Justice are both within NH DCYF.  Caitlyn became the Commissioner and DCA for ICJ in 2018.  Her position continued to expand in 2018 with the addition of a specific home study unit responsible for completing all incoming ICPC Home Studies, which she supervises and oversees. Caitlyn’s position once again expanded when began overseeing the Human Trafficking program in 2020.  As the Interstate Programs Administrator of New Hampshire, Caitlyn oversees ICPC, ICJ and the Human Trafficking Program Specialist. 


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