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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 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.


  • Funding Available for Public Engagement Pilot Projects

    The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and the SJI-funded Community Engagement in the State Courts Initiative is supporting up to six pilot projects to learn more about how courts can best engage the public to improve trust and confidence in the judiciary.  The selected courts will receive as much as $30,000 in funding; technical …

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  • New Bench Card Addresses Bias in Juvenile and Family Courts

    The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) and the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC), with support from the SJI, released the fifth in a series of bench cards, titled, Addressing Bias in Delinquency and Child Welfare Systems.  This bench card emphasizes eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in juvenile and family courts as …

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  • IAALS and Partners Host Webinar Addressing Civil Justice Reform

    The Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) at the University of Denver will host a webinar that highlights the results of Arizona’s court system transformation. The webinar will be offered on Thursday, September 20, 2018, at 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM PDT and MST (AZ).  Registration is required, and there is no cost …

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  • NACM 2018 Annual Meeting and 2019 Meeting Call for Proposals

    The National Association for Court Management (NACM) 2018 Annual Meeting, held last month in Atlanta, Georgia, reached a sold-out audience of over 700 court managers, judges, vendors, consultants, and others engaged in professional development.  Past meeting educational content, including recorded sessions, is available online. Whether you’re an industry expert or a professional in the field, …

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