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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 1st quarter of FY 2020.

November 1, 2019

Grant Application 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 2019 Third Quarter Grants

    The SJI Board of Directors met on June 24, 2019 to make decisions on quarterly grant applications and awarded a total of 12 new grants. A Project Grant was awarded to the District of Columbia Courts to develop a language access program, including the first nationwide Amharic Court Interpreter Certification Exam to better serve litigants from the …

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  • New Science Bench Book for Judges

    The National Judicial College (NJC) and the Justice Speakers Institute, LLC (JSI) are pleased to announce the release of a new online publication, Science Bench Book for Judges, funded by the State Justice Institute (SJI). Judges don’t need to become scientists to make appropriate evidentiary decisions about scientific evidence.  However, judges do need to have a …

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  • McHenry County, Illinois, Wraps Up Civil Justice Initiative Project Planning

    With support from the State Justice Institute, the 22nd Judicial Circuit Court of McHenry County, Illinois undertook an ambitious plan to implement all 13 of the CCJ civil justice recommendations. The Court’s Civil Justice Initiative Project (CJIP) began with a landscape assessment of its civil caseload and identifying strengths and weaknesses in civil case processing.  …

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  • SJI Partners with other Federal Agencies to Address the Opioid Epidemic in Rural Areas

    The Rural Responses to the Opioid Epidemic Grant is designed to leverage the combined resources and expertise of the BJA, CDC, SJI, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and other federal partners to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with opioid overdoses among individuals who come in contact with law enforcement or are …

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