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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 2020.

November 1, 2019

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.


  • SJI Priority Investment Areas for FY 2020

    Each fiscal year, SJI allocates significant financial resources to support its Priority Investment Areas. The Priority Investment Areas are applicable to all grant types. SJI strongly encourages potential grant applicants to consider projects addressing one or more of these Priority Investment Areas.  For FY 2020, the Priority Investment Areas are the following listed below in …

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  • New Substance Abuse Disorder Dictionary Available for State Courts

    The National Judicial Opioid Task Force (NJOTF), a project of the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ), Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA), National Center for State Courts (NCSC), with support from the State Justice Institute (SJI), has crafted a substance use disorder (SUD) dictionary based on a common language glossary produced by Ohio state courts. …

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  • SJI Releases FY 2020 Grant Guideline

    SJI recently released the Grant Guideline for FY 2020.  The Grant Guideline appears as part of the National Archives and Records Administration’s Federal Register, and sets forth the administrative, programmatic, and financial requirements for applying for and administering SJI grants. Fiscal Year 2020 Deadlines for Project, Technical Assistance, and Curriculum Adaptation Grants are as follows: 1st Quarter …

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  • Illinois Courts Complete Three-Year Strategic Visioning Work

    A panel of Illinois judiciary members and stakeholders has developed a three-year plan with support from SJI, and technical assistance provided by Brenda Wagenknecht-Ivey from Praxis Consulting, Inc. The plan outlines a mission statement, vision edict, and five core values meant to be its “blueprint for the future” developed through the Illinois Judicial Conference, which …

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