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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 2019.

May 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 Second Quarter Grants

    The SJI Board of Directors met on April 1, 2019 to make decisions on quarterly grant applications and awarded a total of 13 new grants. Nine (9) Technical Assistance Grants were awarded: the Kansas Judicial Branch to improve and expand services for self-represented litigants; the Judiciary of Guam for an assessment of Superior Court case assignments; the Franklin County, …

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  • Public Engagement Pilot Initiative Selects Projects

    The Public Engagement Pilot Initiative is a joint collaboration of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center, with grant support from the State Justice Institute (SJI). After a nationwide call for proposals, six public engagement pilot projects have been selected from an exciting and diverse group of …

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  • NCSC Develops Report to Quantify Automated Redaction Accuracy

    The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) recently released the Automated Redaction Proof of Concept Report, made possible by an SJI grant.  The goal of this 16-page, Proof of Concept (POC) Report, is to quantify the accuracy of automated redaction capabilities and share those results with the court community. The report focuses on the following …

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  • New England Creates Regional Opioid Initiative

    The chief justices of the six New England states have launched the New England Regional Judicial Opioid Initiative (NE RJOI), the second regional group of its kind.  The establishment of the New England group, which includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, comes at a time when federal, state and local leaders …

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