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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 2nd quarter of FY 2020.

February 1, 2020

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.


  • National Initiative Advisory Committee Shares Resources and Updates

    The National Initiative on Mental Illness and the Courts Advisory Committee is committed to improving both court and community responses to those with mental illness and co-occurring substance use disorders. Supported by State Justice Institute (SJI) and the National Center for State Courts (NCSC), the Committee publishes a bi-monthly Behavioral Health Alert and has compiled …

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  • Georgia Good Judge-ment Podcast

    With grant support from SJI, technical assistance from the NCSC, and use of the podcast studio at the University of Georgia School of Law in Athens, the Georgia Superior Courts have established a thriving podcast. Centered on Georgia law and issues relevant statewide, judges J. Wade Padgett (Augusta Circuit) and Tain Kell (Cobb Circuit), enlist …

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  • Attaining Judicial Excellence in Australia

    In December 2017, The National Center for State Courts (NCSC), with support from SJI, released the Elements of Judicial Excellence Framework. The framework was created to support a well-coordinated, evidence-based system of judicial professional development, and provides information court leaders can use when deciding how to structure judicial education, performance feedback programs, and mentoring programs for …

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  • New Report Available on Pima County, Arizona, Pilot Program to Address Civil Cases

    The Superior Court in Pima County, Arizona implemented the FASTAR Pilot Program in November 2017.  The program was designed to address case management complaints concerning cases valued at $50,000 or less, which were automatically assigned to compulsory arbitration.  Under the pilot program rules, cases eligible for compulsory arbitration could be assigned to expedited case management …

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