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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 4th quarter of FY 2018.

August 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.


  • SJI Honors Judge John Nalbandian for His Service on the Board of Directors

    On July 11, 2018, Judge John Nalbandian stepped down from the SJI Board of Directors, after serving since 2010.  He was confirmed by the Senate as a Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on May 15th and assumed office on May 25th.   Judge Nalbandian previously was a partner in …

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  • Pretrial Justice and the State Courts Initiative Announces Two New Resources

    The Pretrial Justice and the State Court Initiative is a collaboration between the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI), with grant support provided by SJI.  Two new resources are now available that provide valuable insights on successful pretrial programs administered by state courts: Estimating the Costs of Implementing Pretrial …

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  • Update on the National Judicial Opioid Task Force

    The National Judicial Opioid Task Force (NJOTF) was established by the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA), with funding from SJI, in August 2017 to address the issue of opioid-related cases and promote solutions nationwide. Recently, the NJOTF released a summary update detailing the activities over the past …

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  • NCSC Releases Trends in State Courts 2018

    Trends in State Courts 2018 examines how courts are meeting the changing needs of society. Articles on human trafficking, opioid abuse, and other topics discuss how courts can address these important issues. SJI-supported projects featured in Trends 2018 include: Peacemaking Programs Offer State Courts an Alternative Path (page 23); and, Promoting Access to Justice for …

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