To advocate for the establishment of drug courts adhering to the “Ten Key Components” (as recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals). Also to provide resources and services (including education), to sustain and promote treatment courts while preserving the sovereignty of each county’s discretion.
The purpose of the Advisory Committee is to preserve the institutional memory of the Association and provide added value to its mission. Members may be appointed by the Executive Committee for two-year terms, renewable by a majority of the Executive Committee. The Advisory Committee will meet at the annual meeting of the Association and at such other times as its members deem necessary.
This will be a non-voting appointment and will extend the rights and privileges to the Advisory member for input at meetings. Although members shall not have voting rights, they may participate fully in Executive Committee meetings and activities. Advisory members may serve on and chair committees.
- Standing Committees shall be established by the Executive Committee to address matters of a continuous and recurring nature. The duties of the Standing Committees shall be set forth by the Executive Committee, which shall have oversight of all actions of the various standing, advisory or special committees.
- The chairs and members of each Standing Committee shall be appointed annually by the President.
- Standing Committees shall be empowered to establish such subcommittees as may be necessary to assist in the performance of their investigation, study or action. All subcommittees will be responsible for reporting directly to their respective Standing Committees.
Ad Hoc Committees. The Executive Committee may, from time to time, form Ad Hoc Committees to study matters relating to specific purposes, business and objectives of the Association. The term of such committee shall be ended upon completion of their assigned tasks.
- The Executive Committee shall have and exercise all the powers of the Association subject to such limitations as the laws of the Commonwealth may impose. The Executive Committee shall have power to make rules and regulations of the conduct of its business, including financial expenditures for operations and compensation of the Executive Director.
- Members of the Executive Committee shall include the Officers (President, President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer and Immediate Past President), as well as up to three at-large members, with no more than two being active or retired judges. The at-large members shall be chosen by the Executive Committee, with the goal of enhancing the regional representation of the Committee. In addition, the AOPC Problem Solving Courts Program Administrator or his/her designee shall serve as an ex officio member of the Executive Committee with full voting privileges. The President shall serve as Chair of the Executive Committee.
Vacancies. Vacancies on the Executive Committee, whether caused by the failure to elect, resignation, death or otherwise, shall be filled for the unexpired term by the Executive Committee.
Meetings. The Executive Committee will meet as needed, but no less than 4 times per year.
Quorum. A majority thereof shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of the Executive Committee.