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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 2nd quarter of FY 2019.

February 1, 2019

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.


  • Enhanced Juvenile Justice Guidelines Now Available

    The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) announced the release of the Enhanced Juvenile Justice Guidelines, the most recent update documenting the improvement of court practices in juvenile justice cases.  The Enhanced version was supported by SJI. Since 2005, with the original publication of Juvenile Delinquency Guidelines: Improving Court Practice in Juvenile Delinquency Cases (JDG), the NCJFCJ has worked …

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  • New Online Resource Available on State Courts and the Opioid Crisis

    The National Judicial Opioid Task Force (NJOTF) has launched an online resource center to provide judges and court staff one place to go for easy access to opioid-related information and materials.  The task force is supported with funding from SJI and is staffed by the National Center for State Courts. The resource center offers the …

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  • Latest JTC Bulletin Addresses Social Media Marketing for Courts

    The Joint Technology Committee (JTC), established by the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA), the National Association for Court Management (NACM) and the National Center for State Courts (NCSC), released a resource bulletin in December 2018. The publication covered several aspects of utilizing social media as a means by which to achieve effective court communication.  …

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  • SJI Awards FY 2018 Fourth Quarter Grants

    The SJI Board of Directors met on December 10, 2018 to make decisions on quarterly grant applications and awarded a total of 14 new grants. Four (4) Strategic Initiatives Grants were awarded: the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA)/National Association for Court Management (NACM) Joint Technology Committee (JTC), in partnership with the Court Chief Information …

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