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 2023), 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 current Rules Committee Calendar which highlights rule proposal deadlines. 

Learn more about the ICJ Rules promulgation process. 

2022 - 2023 Meeting Dates:

November 2, 2022 at 2:00 pm ET
December 7, 2022 at 2:00 pm ET - meeting cancelled
January 4, 2023 at 2:00 pm ET - meeting cancelled 
February 1, 2023 at 2:00 pm ET
March 1, 2023 at 2:00 pm ET
April 5, 2023 at 2:00 pm ET
May 16, 2023 - Face-to-Face Meeting
July 12, 2023 at 2:00 pm ET
August 2, 2023 at 2:00 pm ET -  meeting cancelled 


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



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