Improving the Quality of Justice in our State Courts

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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.


  • Education Support Program Changes For FY 2018

    The Education Support Program (ESP) supports full-time state court judges and court managers to attend courses that enhance their knowledge, skills, and abilities which they could not otherwise attend because of limited state, local, and personal budgets.  Beginning in FY 2018 (October 1, 2017), the National Judicial College (NJC) and the National Center for State …

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  • New Website Provides Resources for Managing High Profile Cases

    Made possible through an SJI grant, the new Managing High-Profile Cases for the 21st Century website is a joint project of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC), the Conference of Court Public Information Officers (CCPIO), and the National Judicial College (NJC). “The vast majority of cases in our state courts are resolved with little or no …

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  • Improving Access to Justice for Native Peoples in State Courts

    The New Mexico Center for Language Access (NMCLA) at the New Mexico Administrative Office of the Courts, with support from the New Mexico Judiciary, and in collaboration with the University of New Mexico School of Law and Judicial Education Center has recently completed their grant to improve access to justice for native peoples in the …

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  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals and CCE Publish Final Report on Public Access

    The Remote Public Access to Electronic Court Records: A Cross-Jurisdictional Review for the D.C. Courts report, prepared by the Remote Access to Court Electronic Records (RACER) Committee of the Council for Court Excellence, identifies best practices from across the nation on public access to electronic court case files. Completed at the request of former Chief …

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