As director of the Administrative Office of the Kentucky Courts, Laurie K. Dudgeon oversees nearly 3,400 court employees and serves 404 elected justices, judges and circuit court clerks. She administers the $360 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 adapted the AOC’s organizational structure to meet the current needs of the courts and reduced costs to accommodate deep state budget cuts during the recession. She relocated the AOC from a leased facility to a modern building owned by the commonwealth. Under her leadership the AOC has made groundbreaking changes to its pretrial release process and helped implement penal code and juvenile justice reform. The AOC’s comprehensive KYeCourts project includes offering eFiling and CourtNet 2.0 statewide and plans for new trial and appellate case management systems.
She is involved with the Conference of State Court Administrators as a member of the board, co-chair of the Government Affairs Committee, and a member of the Education Committee and Criminal Justice Committee. She’s also a member of the Joint Technology Committee for COSCA and the National Association for Court Management. She is co-chair of the National Task Force on Fines, Fees and Bail Practices for the Conference of Chief Justices and COSCA. She is a 2012 alumna of the prestigious Toll Fellowship Program, one of the nation’s premier leadership development programs for state government officials.
Director Dudgeon 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. She is a native of Somerset, Ky., and currently resides in Frankfort, Ky.