The committee examined some minor legislation, including changes to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, during its meeting on 10 November 2009.
The act deals with surveillance and the use of covert human intelligence sources.
The proposed alteration to the legislation reflects internal organisational changes.
MSPs also noted minor changes to the Pensions Appeal Tribunals legislation, clarifying an individual's right to appeal over a pension award.
The committee then met in private to scrutinise the government's draft budget and prepare its report into the Criminal Justice and Licensing Bill.
Labour MSP James Kelly has replaced Labour MSP Paul Martin who resigned recently. Mr Kelly told MSPs he had no interests to declare.
The meeting went into private shortly after it began at 10am. The
minutes of proceedings
reflect the subjects discussed. While in private, the committee voted to
reject a ban on short jail terms
as proposed in the Criminal Justice and Licensing Bill.