Urban Court Managers Network (UCMN) Membership

UCMN is designed to help leaders in large urban trial courts and the total number of members is limited to 20 in order to facilitate discussion at Network meetings. Since it was formed thirty-five people from seventeen states and the District of Columbia have been members of the Network.

The current Network members include:

  • Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court, Hillsborough County, Tampa, Florida
  • Superior Court of California, County of Orange, Santa Ana, California
  • Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
  • Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC
  • Montgomery County Circuit Court, Rockville, Maryland
  • Denver County Court, Denver, Colorado
  • Superior Court of California, County of Ventura, Ventura, California
  • Fourth Judicial District Court, Hennepin County, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • County Courts at Law, Harris County, Houston, Texas
  • Seattle Municipal Court, Seattle, Washington

If you are a court administrator or manager in a large urban trial court and would like to be considered for membership in the UCMN, please email Aimee Wickman, Program Associate, at aimeew@jmijustice.org.

Current UCMN members login in here: UCMN Member Login

UCMN Highlights

Each UCMN meeting is hosted by a network member and features new and promising approaches being used in the court to address a variety of topics.  In addition to facilitated discussions about different topics, network members have an opportunity to see firsthand court operations and talk with the court staff involved in the different initiatives about implementation, challenges, and lessons learned.  Over the years, the UCMN has tackled topics ranging from operational decision making to technological innovation to business re-engineering.  Listed below is just a sample of topics that have been addressed at UCMN meetings:

  • Access to Justice
  • Budgeting and Finance, including responding to cutbacks
  • Cultural Competence: Race, Ethnic, and Gender Bias
  • Criminal Case Processing
  • Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
  • Court Data and Privacy
  • Family Law
  • Leadership, Transition Planning, and Succession
  • Court Governance
  • Court/Community Relations and Collaboration
  • Courthouse Security
  • Courthouse Construction and Renovation
  • Performance Measurement and Evaluation
  • Problem Solving Courts
  • Trial Court Research and Evaluation
  • Self-Represented Litigants
  • Strategic Planning

There are many examples of innovations the Network members observed at a meeting and implemented upon return to their own courts:

  • Self-Help Centers modeled on the Phoenix, Arizona innovation now exist in a number of the member courts.
  • Use of technology to provide information about daily court schedules has proliferated after being seen in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
  • The employment of an academically trained researcher as staff to a trial court has been duplicated in several jurisdictions based on the presentations made in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • The lessons learned from constructing a new courthouse serving San Francisco, California have been replicated in several other member jurisdictions.
  • The juvenile courthouse in Los Angeles, California has been visited by delegations from several member courts planning construction or renovation of similar facilities in their jurisdictions.
  • The technologically innovative “Arrest to Arraignment in Twenty-Four Hours” Program in New York, New York and the Integrated Criminal Justice Information System in Houston, Texas have both served as models for innovation in a number of jurisdictions.
  • The Elder Justice Center showcased by the court in Tampa, Florida has been replicated in Phoenix, Arizona.
Aimee WickmanUrban Court Managers Network (UCMN) Membership