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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 2019.

August 1, 2019

Grant Application 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 Partners with other Federal Agencies to Address the Opioid Epidemic in Rural Areas

    The Rural Responses to the Opioid Epidemic Grant is designed to leverage the combined resources and expertise of the BJA, CDC, SJI, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and other federal partners to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with opioid overdoses among individuals who come in contact with law enforcement or are …

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  • NCJFCJ Launches National Resource Center for Military Families and the Courts

    The NCJFCJ’s National Resource Center on Military-Connected Families and the Courts is designed to be a resource for judicial officers and others working in courts with military-connected families in cases involving family violence, protection orders, divorce, child custody, child support, child abuse and neglect, and juvenile delinquency. The NCJFCJ received funding for a grant from the State Justice Institute (SJI) to …

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  • Nebraska Hosts National Summit on Pandemic Preparedness

    Participants from the nation’s state courts attended a Summit on Pandemic Preparedness at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) May 22 – 24, 2019.  The summit, hosted by Nebraska Chief Justice Michael Heavican, brought together chief justices and other court leaders, health officials, and members of the legislative and executive branches to discuss ways …

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  • Civil Justice Initiative Pilot Project Releases Miami-Dade Evaluation

    In November 2016, the Circuit Civil Division of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida implemented the Civil Justice Initiative Pilot Project (CJIPP) to test the impact of Civil Case Management Teams (CCMTs) on civil case processing.   CCMTs were envisioned as an essential component of civil justice reform in the report and recommendations of the …

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