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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.


  • Board of Directors Meeting

    The SJI Board of Directors will be meeting on Monday, June 5, 2017 at 1:30 PM.  The meeting will be held at SJI Headquarters in Reston, Virginia.  The purpose of this meeting is to consider grant applications for the 3rd quarter of FY 2017, and other business.  All portions of this meeting are open to …

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  • Chief Justice Minton Sworn In as Board Member

    On April 2, 2017, Chief Justice John D. Minton, Jr., from Kentucky was sworn in by Chair Rogers to serve on the SJI Board of Directors.  Chief Justice Minton was nominated by the President on July 13, 2016, and confirmed by the Senate on December 10th.  He was elected to the Supreme Court of Kentucky …

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  • SJI Awards FY 2017 2nd Quarter Grants

    The SJI Board of Directors met on April 3, 2017, at the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts in Nashville to make decisions on quarterly grant applications, and awarded a total of fourteen (14) new grants. One Project Grant was awarded to the Center for Court Innovation (CCI) to develop a human trafficking court video …

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  • Self-Represented Litigation Network Completes Multi-State Review of Remote Appearance Practices

    Earlier this year, the Self-Represented Litigation Network completed a thorough review of current court rules and practices with support from SJI. The Remote Appearances of Parties, Attorneys and Witnesses, A Review of Current Court Rules and Practices, is a follow up report to Serving Self-Represented Litigants Remotely – A Resource Guide.  It presents the author’s conclusions about the …

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