Improving the Quality of Justice in our State Courts

Learn About SJI

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 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.


  • New Project Addresses Children Impacted by the Opioid Epidemic

    The opioid epidemic has had a devastating impact on families, especially on the children of parents who abuse substances. SJI recently awarded the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) a grant to determine how state courts can best help the children who end up in the justice system because of family substance abuse. The grant …

    Read More

  • PDMPs and the Courts Webinar: Part 2

    The National Judicial Opioid Task Force (NJOTF), in collaboration with the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Training and Technical Assistance Center, will hold the second of three webinars in November.   The series intends to help participants gain greater knowledge about how state court systems can, and already are, working with prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) to …

    Read More

  • CCI Releases Two New Resources on Human Trafficking

    As part of the Human Trafficking and the State Courts Initiative, the Center for Court Innovation (CCI) has developed a video and user guide focusing on court-led responses to human trafficking The video and the accompanying viewers’ guide, titled, From Defendant to Survivor: How Courts are Responding to Human Trafficking, profile some of the innovative …

    Read More

  • NCSC Helps Courts Prepare for Disaster

    Last year’s wildfires in California destroyed the houses of three Sonoma County Superior County judges, enveloped the Santa Rosa courthouse with smoke for weeks, and forced the deputies assigned to that courthouse to leave and help other first responders.  The wildfires closed the courthouse for two weeks, leading to a caseload nightmare and initial confusion …

    Read More

View All News