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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 2019.

May 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.


  • NJC Catalog Sortable by Elements of Judicial Excellence

    The Elements of Judicial Excellence (EJE) are a set of knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics of being a great judge that emerged from lengthy consultations with Illinois judges. The EJE framework was developed with support from SJI and the National Center for State Courts (NCSC).  In the NJC’s 2019 printed catalog, courses are aligned with the Elements of Judicial Excellence.  …

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  • New Web Page Provide Resources on Workplace Conduct in the Courts

    To address the issue of gender bias and sexual harassment in the workplace, the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) created a  web page for court employees and others with information specific to the courts work environment.  This project is supported with grant funding from SJI. The web page includes information such as the Conference …

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  • SJI Funds New National Initiative to Address Mental Illness and the State Courts

    The state courts are experiencing increasing complexity in handling individuals who have mental illness, and oftentimes a co-occurring substance use issue.  System-wide, mental illness has placed a strain on many communities and their resources, and jails are being used to detain those who need mental health treatment.  The problem is exacerbated by the lack of …

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  • SJI Board of Directors Meeting

    The SJI Board of Directors will be meeting on Monday, April 1, 2019 at 1:00 PM.  The meeting will be held at the National Center for State Courts Headquarters in Williamsburg, Virginia.  The purpose of this meeting is to consider grant applications for the 2nd quarter of FY 2019, and other business.  All portions of …

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