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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, facilitate better coordination between state and federal 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 2015.

August 1, 2015

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.


  • New Guide on Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors and the State Courts

    The Center for Public Policy Studies (CPPS) and the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) are increasing state court capacity to address the increasing number of immigrant children likely to appear in state courts.  With SJI support, CPPS and the NCSC recently released a Guide to State Court Cases Involving Unaccompanied Immigrant Children.  The purpose …

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  • Human Trafficking Toolkit for State Courts

    With support from SJI, the Center for Court Innovation (CCI) has just released its latest resource for state courts and communities, Responding to Sex Trafficking in Your Jurisdiction: A Planning Toolkit.  This toolkit offers a step-by-step process to help courts and communities assess their current approaches to human trafficking and prostitution, and develop or enhance …

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  • SJI Board Member Honored

    In May, Judge Gayle Nachtigal received the 2015 Emma C. McKinney Distinguished Citizen award from the Hillsboro, Oregon Chamber of Commerce.  The award is presented every year in honor of the longtime Hillsboro Argus matriarch.  The Argus will make a $500 donation to a nonprofit organization of Judge Nachtigal’s choice.  Judge Nachtigal currently serves as …

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  • Update on FY 2016 Appropriations

    The House Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) Subcommittee on Appropriations marked up the FY 2016 CJS bill on May 14, 2015, which included SJI’s full request totaling $5,121,000 (the same level as FY 2015).  The bill was subsequently approved by the full Appropriations Committee on May 20th, and the House on June 4th.  The Senate CJS …

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