Strengthening Court Professionals
The National Association for Court Management has over 1,700 members from the United States, Canada, Australia, and other countries. NACM is the largest organization of court management professionals in the world with members from all levels and types of courts.
NACM provides court management professionals the opportunity to increase their proficiency while working with colleagues to improve the administration of justice.
- Develop and improve leadership in the judicial system and the leadership qualities of court managers.
- Promote the interdependence of court managers and judges.
- Promote and encourage the continuing education opportunities of court managers.
- Encourage fellowship, a network, and a sense of unity among NACM members.
- Educate the public on the role and importance of courts.
- Enhance public access to the courts.
- Recognize the diversity of NACM's membership and encourage broad participation in NACMgovernance and activities.
- Enhance and improve NACM publications and related activities.
- Enhance NACM's organizational vitality through a continuing review process and a focus on the future for courts.
Improving the Administration of Justice
"The ordinary administration of criminal and civil justice . . . contributes, more than any other circumstance, to impressing upon the minds of the people affection, esteem, and reverence towards the government."
New York Delegate
The Federalist, No. 17
Hamilton recognized the importance of the trial courts and the role they play as the "great cement of society." NACM is committed to improving the administration of justice and promoting the interdependence of court managers and judges.
- NACM devotes its work exclusively to addressing court management issues in federal, state, and local courts.
- NACM's quarterly magazine, Court Manager, includes useful and timely articles covering a variety of topics for the court manager.
- NACM's Trial Court Management Guides give the court manager practical handbooks for managing court personnel and financial systems.
- NACM's model code of ethics helps court managers determine their own conduct as well as design programs for their courts.
- NACM provides members with up-to-date information about computer and automated technologies, court problem-solving strategies, collection procedures, facility management, security plans, and judge/administrator team building.
NACM's justice achievement award and award of merit recognize exemplary court and individual performance in the improvement of judicial administration.
Providing Education and Training
"We need to promote the concept of management in the courts as a noble calling. Both the art and the science of management are essential ingredients in ensuring the administration of justice."
Sandra Day O'Connor
United States Supreme Court
As the work of our nation's trial courts becomes more and more complex, court managers and managing judges must keep abreast of modern management techniques and practices.
- NACM is dedicated to providing members the opportunity for the finest continuing education available.
- NACM's annual conference brings together the best professionals in the world to conduct training programs for members.
- NACM's regional conferences offer first-class national education programs without the cost of extensive travel.
- NACM helps state and local associations conduct in-state programs that reach thousands of court managers and managing judges.
- NACM works with national education providers to develop curriculum, assuring that programs meet the real needs of the practicing court manager.
- NACM's newsletter, Court Express, provides up-to-date information on the latest trends and "nuts and bolts" court management projects, while keeping members informed of changes in the profession.
Improving Public Access to the Courts
"Courts exist to serve the public, not to serve judges, court managers, or lawyers. Everything that managers do are but means to an end and that end is service to the public."
Edward B. McConnell
National Center for State Courts
Trial courts are public institutions that must be open and accessible. The court manager's role is to eliminate unnecessary barriers to court services. Location, physical structure, procedures, language, and the responsiveness of personnel can interfere with access.
- NACM is committed to improving the public's access to trial courts and to educating the public on the role of the courts.
- NACM coordinates Law Day programs throughout the country through its active and creative public information service.
- NACM publishes information brochures and how-to articles to assist court managers and managing judges in making courts accessible.
- NACM makes available information on successful projects from its extensive network of courts in the United States, Canada, Australia, and other countries.
- NACM conducts educational programs on topics related to the Americans with Disabilities Act, alternative dispute resolution projects, and the use of interpreters in courts.
- NACM participates in research to help courts reduce costs and eliminate delay.