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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 4th quarter of FY 2016.

August 1, 2016

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 2016 Second Quarter Grants

    The SJI Board of Directors met on April 18, 2016, at the Supreme Court of Kentucky in Frankfort to make decisions on quarterly grant applications and awarded a total of twenty-one (21) new grants. Two (2) Strategic Initiatives Grants were awarded: support to the Conference of Chief Justice/Conference of State Court Administrators (CCJ/COSCA) for the …

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  • D.C. Jury System Report

    With support from SJI, the Council for Court Excellence (CCE) released Jury Service Revisited: Upgrades for the 21st Century, a comprehensive review of the jury system in Washington, D.C., at an event hosted by Arnold & Porter (SJI-14-T-086). The report builds on the Council’s 1998 seminal study on jury service.  At the event, Professor Andrew Ferguson …

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  • National Summit on Human Trafficking and The State Courts: Videos Available Online

    On October 8 and 9, 2015, teams from around the country came together in New York City for the National Summit on Human Trafficking and the State Courts hosted by then-Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, with key support from SJI (SJI-15-P-029). The teams were made up of chief justices, court administrators, prosecutors, defense attorneys, advocates, and …

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  • NACM Midyear Meeting Content Available Online

    SJI continued its grant support to the National Association for Court Management (NACM) in 2016, which ensured that the educational sessions of NACM’s Midyear and Annual meetings would be available online (SJI-15-N-030). New this year was the inclusion of live streaming, in addition to post-conference content being available through the NACM website. Live streaming is …

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