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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 2018.

November 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.


  • New Roadmap For Implementing Civil Justice Reform

    Transforming Our Civil Justice System for the 21st Century: A Roadmap for Implementation provides guidance to state courts who are answering the Call to Action from the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) following their endorsement of the Report and Recommendations of the CCJ Civil Justice Improvements Committee. With …

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  • Courting Justice Listening Tour

    The Courting Justice Listening Tour, which was hosted by Tavis Smiley on PBS, and supported by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and the State Justice Institute (SJI), concluded its multi-city town hall-style sessions late last year. An archive of programs and content exists on both the Tavis Smiley Show page and the NCSC …

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  • New Juvenile Justice Reform and the State Courts Initiative Will Work to Improve Outcomes for Youth and Families

    Over the past several years, the MacArthur Foundation has provided significant funding to support the Models for Change initiative, which has identified and developed juvenile justice reform efforts and programs across the U.S.  Beginning in 2013, MacArthur transitioned to a “legacy phase” which developed Resource Centers for juvenile justice focused on specific areas of reform.  …

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  • SJI Awards FY 2017 Third Quarter Grants

    The SJI Board of Directors met on June 5, 2017, at SJI Headquarters in Reston, Virginia, to make decisions on quarterly grant applications, and awarded a total of ten (10) new grants. A Strategic Initiatives Grant (SIG) was awarded to the National Center for State Courts (NCSC), in partnership with the Conference of Chief Justices …

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