As director of the Administrative Office of the Courts, Laurie K. Dudgeon oversees nearly 3,300 court employees and serves 403 elected justices, judges and circuit court clerks. She administers the $300 million Judicial Branch budget, drafts and promotes passage of legislation affecting the courts, and works with officials at the state, national and county levels.
Since being named director in 2009, Director Dudgeon has streamlined the organizational structure of the AOC and maintained a balanced Judicial Branch budget in spite of deep reductions during the state’s financial crisis. She is leading the Judicial Branch’s efforts to adopt eFiling by replacing Kentucky’s obsolete court case management system with one that will support eFiling, eRecords, video arraignment and accounts payable. She also orchestrated the relocation of the AOC. After 25 years in a leased facility, the AOC moved in November 2013 to a lease-for-purchase property in Frankfort that will allow the AOC to own its building for the first time in its history.
Director Dudgeon is a 2012 alumna of the prestigious Toll Fellowship program, one of the nation’s premier leadership development programs for state government officials.
She previously served as executive director of the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy and as a staff attorney in the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet. She focused on constitutional law, employment law, administrative law and commercial and residential real estate law during nine years in private practice at three law firms in Kentucky and South Carolina. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in 1991 and a juris doctor in 1994. Director Dudgeon is a native of Somerset, Ky. She currently resides in Frankfort, Ky.