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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 4th quarter of FY 2018.

August 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.


  • National Judicial Opioid Task Force Meets to Address the Opioid Crisis

    Earlier this month, the National Judicial Opioid Task Force (NJOTF) convened in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Presenters from national organizations with knowledge and expertise on the opioid crisis shared information, resources, and discussed collaboration with state courts and the NJOTF. Content from each presentation is now available online and linked below: Pregnant and Parenting Women with Opioid …

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  • SJI Awards FY 2018 Third Quarter Grants

    The SJI Board of Directors met on June 11, 2018, at the Minnesota Judicial Center to make decisions on quarterly grant applications and awarded a total of 10 new grants. A Project Grant was awarded to the Washington Administrative Office of the Courts for a statewide gender bias assessment.  The project will identify and describe …

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  • National Center for State Courts Releases New Report on Jurors with Disabilities

    With support from SJI, the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) released a new report titled, Jurors With Disabilities, as well as a corresponding presentation. Both products derive from a greater need expressed by the state court community for updated, comprehensive information that addresses the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and other statutory requirements requiring …

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  • SJI Remembers Chief Justice Clement Clay “Bo” Torbert Jr.

    Former SJI Board Chair and Alabama Chief Justice Clement Clay “Bo” Torbert, Jr. died on Saturday, June 2, 2018. In November 1976, he was elected Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court where he served two terms until 1988. During his tenure as Chief Justice, he was active in national and international judicial organizations, serving …

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