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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 4th quarter of FY 2017.

August 1, 2017

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 Juvenile Justice Reform and the State Courts Initiative Will Work to Improve Outcomes for Youth and Families

    Over the past several years, the MacArthur Foundation has provided significant funding to support the Models for Change initiative, which has identified and developed juvenile justice reform efforts and programs across the U.S.  Beginning in 2013, MacArthur transitioned to a “legacy phase” which developed Resource Centers for juvenile justice focused on specific areas of reform.  …

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  • SJI Awards FY 2017 Third Quarter Grants

    The SJI Board of Directors met on June 5, 2017, at SJI Headquarters in Reston, Virginia, to make decisions on quarterly grant applications, and awarded a total of ten (10) new grants. A Strategic Initiatives Grant (SIG) was awarded to the National Center for State Courts (NCSC), in partnership with the Conference of Chief Justices …

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  • Education Support Program Changes For FY 2018

    The Education Support Program (ESP) supports full-time state court judges and court managers to attend courses that enhance their knowledge, skills, and abilities which they could not otherwise attend because of limited state, local, and personal budgets.  Beginning in FY 2018 (October 1, 2017), the National Judicial College (NJC) and the National Center for State …

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  • New Website Provides Resources for Managing High Profile Cases

    Made possible through an SJI grant, the new Managing High-Profile Cases for the 21st Century website is a joint project of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC), the Conference of Court Public Information Officers (CCPIO), and the National Judicial College (NJC). “The vast majority of cases in our state courts are resolved with little or no …

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