The NCMC Executive Committee, chaired by Washington D.C. Senior Judge Rufus King III, announced today that the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida led by Chief Judge Belvin Perry, Jr. will host the 47th Annual gathering of metro presiding judges and court administrators on October 19-21, 2011. The Ninth Judicial Circuit, one of 20 judicial circuits in Florida, serves Orange and Osceola Counties home to more than 1.3 million people in Central Florida. As a court of general jurisdiction, it handles over 590,000 cases annually among its 65 circuit and county judges.
All workshops and seminars will take place at the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando, a 23-story building located downtown. Conferees are encouraged to stay at the Rosen Centre Hotel, a property designated as the host hotel for the 2009 NCMC Annual Meeting and Education Sessions. That Conference was aborted due to severe recession-caused budget problems faced by numerous metro courts.
In 2012, the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, also known as the Fifth Judicial District of Pennsylvania, will be the site for the 48th Annual Meeting and Education Sessions. The Hon. Donna Jo McDaniel, President Judge, will serve as President of the National Conference that year. She and her staff will oversee the program and events. The conference will be held in the fall, although the exact dates have yet to be determined.
The President Judge and Court Administrator Ray Billotte act as the Chief Executive and Administrative Officers of the Court. The Fifth Judicial District is comprised of the Court of Common Pleas, a general jurisdiction court with 43 trial judges, and the Minor Judiciary with 48 Magisterial District Judges. Over 1200 court employees provide services in more than 70 sites within Allegheny County. Although Pittsburgh is the principal city, the county has 130 municipalities. County residents number over 1.2 million people, making it the 30th most populous county in the United States.