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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.

February 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 FY 2016 First Quarter Grants

    The SJI Board of Directors met on November 16, 2015, at the Supreme Court of Louisiana in New Orleans to make decisions on quarterly grant applications and awarded a total of fourteen (14) new grants.  Two (2) Project Grants were awarded: support to the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) to update the Managing Notorious …

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  • New Report on the Landscape of Civil Litigation in State Courts

    The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) recently released a report titled, The Landscape of Civil Litigation of State Courts, which examines case characteristics and outcomes for 925,344 civil cases disposed during a one-year interval from courts exercising jurisdiction over civil cases in 10 urban counties in the United States.  These 925,344 cases comprise approximately …

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  • New Report Highlights Risk and Needs Assessment at Sentencing

    In 2011, the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) developed a report summarizing guidance from a National Working Group on how courts use offender risk and needs assessment (RNA) information to inform corrections-related decisions.  The Conference of Chief Justices and the Conference of State Court Administrators subsequently endorsed the report, and passed Resolution 7 recommending …

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  • Guardianship Webinar Offers Ways to Improve Protocols and Practices in the State Courts

    To help courts effectively handle the growing number of guardianship cases,  the National Center for State Court’s Center for Elders and the Courts developed a webinar that outlines specific steps courts can take to improve services.  The webinar, sponsored by the National Association for Court Management (NACM), based on its Adult Guardianship Guide — encourages …

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