The NACM Core is Live!

The National Association for Court Management is pleased to announce the final update of its core competencies – The Core. Through the support of the State Justice Institute (SJI), the Core is now available at

The Core tag line, Strengthening Court Professionals, defines NACM’s goal in updating its core competencies. NACM’s approach provides a roadmap to the profession—from the foundational knowledge of the enduring principles that every individual working in the court system should possess to the more complex and advanced areas required to be an effective court professional.

As such, the Core is organized into three modules: Principles, Practice, and Vision. Within each are competencies that describe what court professionals need to know within the diverse field of court administration while promoting excellence in the administration of justice:

– Purposes and Responsibilities of the Court
– Public Trust and Confidence

– Caseflow and Workflow
– Operations Management
– Public Relations
– Educational Development
– Workforce Management
– Ethics
– Budget and Fiscal Management
– Accountability and Court Performance

– Leadership
– Strategic Planning
– Court Governance

The next phase of the project includes the development of curriculum for each of the thirteen (13) competencies. The Justice Management Institute (JMI) will act as the project manager for this effort and the membership will be asked to participate again through a questionnaire regarding their educational needs. The curriculum, as well as a new NACM Guide detailing practical use of the Core, will be available to the membership by the 2015 annual conference.