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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 2nd quarter of FY 2020.

February 1, 2020

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.


  • NJOTF Bench Cards and Bulletins Available in NCSC Library eCollection

    Last month, SJI featured the culmination of a two-year project by the National Judicial Opioid Task Force (NJOTF).  The report provided state courts nationwide with further information regarding the treatment of opioid-addicted defendants. Housed withing the National Center for State Court Library’s eCollection is the final report and several special-subject bench cards or bulletins, which …

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  • Fulton County Georgia Addresses High Volume Civil Dockets

    With grant support from SJI, the Fulton County Magistrate Court (FCMC), located in Atlanta, Georgia, received funding in 2017 through the National Center for State Courts’ (NCSC) Civil Justice Initiative for a demonstration pilot project to implement and test reforms on high-volume civil dockets.  The FCMC caseload consists primarily of small claims (up to $15,000), …

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  • Child Welfare Leaders Share Their Stories on New Podcast

    Be sure to listen to court leaders share their stories about the Court Improvement Program (CIP), in a series of podcasts, moderated by Bill DeLisio, Colorado’s Family Law Program manager. CIP provides federal money to help families at risk or in crisis. DeLisio conducted the 10 interviews at the National Judicial Leadership Summit on Child …

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  • NAWJ Builds on #WeToo In the Legal Workplace

    Underscored by recent research from the ABA’s Commission of Women, which highlighted the need to address workplace-related sexual harassment, the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) received a grant from SJI in develop and deliver educational programming for the legal community. NAWJ’s #WeToo in the Legal Workplace program provides content specifically for judges and other …

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