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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 1st quarter of FY 2017.

November 1, 2016

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.


  • Second Courting Justice Town Hall Continues Discussion on Improving Public Trust and Confidence in the Courts

    Courting Justice is an unprecedented multi-city town hall series that invites state supreme, appellate and trial court judges to step down from the bench and listen to new perspectives on how the United States court system can better deliver justice for all. With support from SJI, these town halls have enabled the public to voice their …

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  • SJI Awards Fourth Quarter Grants

    The SJI Board of Directors met on September 12, 2016,  at the Multnomah County Courthouse in Portland, Oregon, to make decisions on quarterly grant applications and awarded a total of eighteen (18) new grants. One Strategic Initiatives Grant (SIG) was awarded to the National Center for State Courts to evaluate online dispute resolution projects in …

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  • Civil Justice Initiative: Executive Summary

    As featured in the August edition of the SJI Newsletter, a partnership between the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ), Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA), National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS), yielded a 41-page report, titled, Call to Action: Achieving Civil Justice for …

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  • New Report Provides Recommendations for Improving Civil Justice

    A recently released report, titled Call to Action: Achieving Civil Justice for All, is the result of more than two years worth of research and discussion by a blue-ribbon group of legal and judicial leaders. The committee included state chief justices, trial court judges, court administrators, attorneys, and academics, and was supported by an SJI …

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