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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 3rd quarter of FY 2018.

May 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.


  • Military Families in Juvenile & Family Courts

    Earlier this month, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) announced 24 new and supplemental grant awards from a variety of funders, including the State Justice Institute (SJI).  This support, totaling more than $11 million, will ensure justice and improve outcomes for families and children in courts nationwide. SJI is pleased to …

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  • Inaugural Permanency Report Provides Key Data on Foster Care and Placement

    The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) released its inaugural Permanency Report. The report reveals state-by-state data on key foster care and permanency measures and the examples of strategies being implemented through the Reimagining Dependency Courts project, an effort supported by Case Family Programs. The project focuses on reducing court delay in achieving permanency for …

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  • NACM Midyear Meeting: The Power of Strategic Collaboration

    The National Association Court Management (NACM) is hosting its 2018 midyear meeting, February 11-13, 2018, in Orange County, California.  Recently, NACM announced that the midyear meeting, “Bridging the Gap – the Power of Strategic Collaboration,” was closed to new and walk-in registrations.  If you were previously waitlisted, you should know by the end of January …

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  • SJI Awards FY 2018 First Quarter Grants

    The SJI Board of Directors met on December 4, 2017, at SJI Headquarters in Reston, VA, to make decisions on quarterly grant applications, and awarded a total of nine new grants. A Strategic Initiatives Grant (SIG) was awarded to the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCFJCJ) for an initiative on Military Families in Juvenile …

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