In the United States and most other countries in the common law tradition, supervising judges continue their traditional role as the presiding authorities in the bureaucracy of court systems. However, the latter half of the twentieth century saw the increasing professionalization of non-judicial court administrators and staff. In many court systems today, responsibility for court operations is delegated almost entirely to professional court managers, freeing judges and their legal clerks to devote their time to the work of interpreting and applying the law.
NACM offers education, training, and professional certification programs in the principles of court management. These educational programs are designed both for non-judicial managers and for judges in their capacity to oversee court managers. NACM collaborates in training programs with Michigan State University, the National Center for State Courts,