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State Justice Institute

The State Justice Institute (SJI) was established by federal law in 1984 to award grants to improve the quality of justice in state courts, and foster innovative, efficient solutions to common issues faced by all courts.


The deadline for new grant applications for the 2nd quarter of FY 2019.

February 1, 2019

Grant and Education Support Program (ESP) Deadlines

SJI continues to make all grant reports and most grant products available online through the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) Library and Digital Archive.


  • SJI Awards FY 2018 Fourth Quarter Grants

    The SJI Board of Directors met on December 10, 2018 to make decisions on quarterly grant applications and awarded a total of 14 new grants. Four (4) Strategic Initiatives Grants were awarded: the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA)/National Association for Court Management (NACM) Joint Technology Committee (JTC), in partnership with the Court Chief Information …

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  • Introduction to the Enhanced Juvenile Justice Guidelines

    In 2005, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) published the Juvenile Delinquency Guidelines: Improving Court Practice in Juvenile Delinquency Cases (JDG).  Over the years, the Guidelines have been used as a major resource by juvenile courts across the country. With grant support from SJI, the NCJFCJ has updated this seminal publication.  This update …

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  • New Guide to Improve Court Responses to Mental Illness

    Justice-system involvement for those with mental illness has broad-reaching implications.  For courts and communities to effectively respond to individuals with mental and behavioral health issues who are involved in the justice system requires committed stakeholders across a spectrum of services and time. In collaboration with Arizona’s Fair Justice Subcommittee on Mental Health and the Criminal …

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  • Texas Courts Revise Collection Practices

    When the Texas courts revised ways for economically disadvantaged people to resolve minor offenses — such as traffic tickets — by reviewing the defendants’ ability to pay, they got an unexpected result: court collections jumped by nearly 7 percent. NCSC board member and Texas Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht has been leading this effort, along …

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