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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 2017.

November 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.


  • New Report Provides Recommendations for Improving Civil Justice

    A recently released report, titled Call to Action: Achieving Civil Justice for All, is the result of more than two years worth of research and discussion by a blue-ribbon group of legal and judicial leaders. The committee included state chief justices, trial court judges, court administrators, attorneys, and academics, and was supported by an SJI …

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  • Cost/Benefit Analysis of Civil Justice Reform Across Multiple Jurisdictions

    Excessive cost and delay have been a chronic complaint about the American civil justice system for more than a century.  Recently, some jurisdictions have implemented procedural reforms and improved civil case automation and staffing that show significant improvements in civil case processing. The NCSC report summarizes the impact of reform efforts in four jurisdictions and …

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  • NACM Annual Meeting Content Now Available

    With support from SJI, the National Association for Court Management (NACM) live-streamed educational sessions and keynote speeches from the 2016 annual meeting. In the event you were not able to join your state court colleagues in Pittsburgh, plenary and workshop videos, recorded live from the event, are now available online.  NACM encourages you to share …

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  • SJI Board of Directors Meeting

    The SJI Board of Directors will be meeting on Monday, September 12, 2016 at 1:00 PM.  The meeting will be held at the Multnomah County Circuit Court in Portland, Oregon.  The purpose of this meeting is to consider grant applications for the 4th quarter of FY 2016, and other business.  All portions of this meeting …

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