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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, facilitate better coordination between state and federal 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 2016.

November 1, 2015

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 FY 2015 Fourth Quarter Grants

    The SJI Board of Directors met on September 21, 2015, at the Supreme Court of Texas in Austin to make decisions on quarterly grant applications and awarded a total of ten (10) new grants.  The Board awarded a Strategic Initiatives Grant (SIG) to support the National Conservatorship Accounting Project.  Through this project, the National Center …

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  • New Mexico Continues to Provide National Language Access Training

    Supported by SJI, the New Mexico Center for Language Access at the Administrative Office of the Courts, initiated and developed a portal for obtaining language access training in the courts. The Language Access Basic Training (LABT) Suite consists of interactive modules that provide introduction to language access for both monolingual and bilingual court staff. The …

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  • Trends Publication Highlights the Use of Technology to Better Serve SRLs

    Earlier this month, the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) released its 2015 Trends in State Courts.  The annual publication highlighted leadership and technology featuring several articles in covering each area.  Featured in the article “Litigant Portals Provide a New Approach to Help Self-Represented Litigants,” by Dr. Thomas Clarke, is mention of an SJI grant (SJI-14-P-041) to the …

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  • New Guide on Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors and the State Courts

    The Center for Public Policy Studies (CPPS) and the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) are increasing state court capacity to address the increasing number of immigrant children likely to appear in state courts.  With SJI support, CPPS and the NCSC recently released a Guide to State Court Cases Involving Unaccompanied Immigrant Children.  The purpose …

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