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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 2018.

February 1, 2018

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.


  • Family Justice Initiative Addresses Domestic Relations Cases

    Many Americans will be or are involved in state courts via domestic relations cases (e.g. divorce, separation, child custody, child support, etc.).  Many states are reporting increases in these types of cases, along with increases in litigants who are representing themselves.  While the state courts, Access to Justice Commissions, and other key stakeholders are beginning …

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  • Best Practices for Court Privacy Policy Formulation

    Earlier this year, the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) conducted two focus groups, one specifically focused on privacy policies and the other on automated redaction.  The product of these focus groups is a white paper titled, “Best Practices for Court Privacy Policy Formulation.”  Prepared with support from SJI, the document outlines how privacy policies …

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  • Dan Becker Inducted Into Burger Society

    Earlier this month, SJI Vice Chair Daniel Becker was among five state court professionals inducted into the Warren E. Burger Society.  Burger Society membership is reserved for individuals who have volunteered their time, talent, and support to the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) in exceptional ways. Mr. Becker worked for the North Carolina Administrative …

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  • SJI Board of Directors Meeting

    The SJI Board of Directors will be meeting on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 1:00 PM. The meeting will be held at SJI Headquarters in Reston, Virginia.  The purpose of this meeting is to consider grant applications for the 1st quarter of FY 2018, and other business.  All portions of this meeting are open to …

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