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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.


  • SJI Awards Fourth Quarter Grants

    The SJI Board of Directors met on September 12, 2016,  at the Multnomah County Courthouse in Portland, Oregon, to make decisions on quarterly grant applications and awarded a total of eighteen (18) new grants. One Strategic Initiatives Grant (SIG) was awarded to the National Center for State Courts to evaluate online dispute resolution projects in …

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  • Civil Justice Initiative: Executive Summary

    As featured in the August edition of the SJI Newsletter, a partnership between the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ), Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA), National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS), yielded a 41-page report, titled, Call to Action: Achieving Civil Justice for …

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  • 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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