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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 2019.

November 1, 2018

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.


  • SJI Awards FY 2018 Fourth Quarter Grants

    The SJI Board of Directors met on September 10, 2018, at the Supreme Court of Nebraska to make decisions on quarterly grant applications and awarded a total of 11 new grants. Five (5) Strategic Initiatives Grants were awarded: the National Judicial Opioid Task Force (NJOTF) to begin critical work on the impact of children and opioids …

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  • National Judicial Opioid Task Force Holds First of Three-Part Webinar Series

    The National Judicial Opioid Task Force (NJOTF), in collaboration with the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Training and Technical Assistance Center, held the first of three webinars earlier this month.   The series is designed to help participants gain greater knowledge about how state courts can, and already are, working with prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) to …

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  • FY 2019 Education Support Program

    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. The National Judicial College (NJC) and the National Center for State Courts/Institute for Court Management (ICM) will administer …

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  • Funding Available for Public Engagement Pilot Projects

    The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and the SJI-funded Community Engagement in the State Courts Initiative is supporting up to six pilot projects to learn more about how courts can best engage the public to improve trust and confidence in the judiciary.  The selected courts will receive as much as $30,000 in funding; technical …

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