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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 3rd quarter of FY 2017.

May 1, 2017

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.


  • Task Force on Fines, Fees, & Bail Practices: New Resources Available

    A little over one year from the date of its formation, the National Task Force on Fines, Fees and Bail Practices, comprised of stakeholders representing the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA), recently released multiple resources for state courts. Supported in part by SJI and DOJ/Bureau of Justice Assistance, …

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  • 2017 NACM Midyear Meeting Content Available Online

    The 2017 National Association for Court Management (NACM) Midyear Meeting held in Portland, Oregon, earlier this month saw hundreds of court administrative professionals and partners come together to enhance their skill sets, discuss the state of state courts, and engage in structured and informal professional development opportunities. For nearly a decade, SJI has been pleased …

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  • NextGen Court Technology Standards: Phase I

    With support from SJI, a working group of court practitioners and other subject matter experts established by the Joint Technology Committee (JTC) of the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA), the National Association for Court Management (NACM) and the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) assembled a NextGen Court Business Process Model.  Other participating organizations …

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  • 2016 State of the State Courts Survey Results

    The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) has released its annual State of the State Courts survey results.  The survey results yielded valuable information on public trust, procedural fairness, and other critical areas.  This year’s survey results showed an increase  in the public’s trust in the courts, with four in five people having direct interaction …

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