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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 2nd quarter of FY 2019.

February 1, 2019

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.


  • SJI Board of Directors Meeting

    The SJI Board of Directors will be meeting on Monday, December 10, 2018 at 1:00 PM.  The meeting will be held at SJI Headquarters in Reston, Virginia.  The purpose of this meeting is to consider grant applications for the 1st quarter of FY 2019, and other business.  All portions of this meeting are open to …

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  • New Guide to Improve Court Responses to Mental Illness

    Justice-system involvement for those with mental illness has broad-reaching implications.  For courts and communities to effectively respond to individuals with mental and behavioral health issues who are involved in the justice system requires committed stakeholders across a spectrum of services and time. In collaboration with Arizona’s Fair Justice Subcommittee on Mental Health and the Criminal …

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  • Texas Courts Revise Collection Practices

    When the Texas courts revised ways for economically disadvantaged people to resolve minor offenses — such as traffic tickets — by reviewing the defendants’ ability to pay, they got an unexpected result: court collections jumped by nearly 7 percent. NCSC board member and Texas Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht has been leading this effort, along …

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  • Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman Inducted Into Burger Society

    On November 15, 2018, SJI Board member Jonathan Lippman was among five inducted into the Warren E. Burger Society.  Burger Society membership is reserved for individuals who have volunteered their time, talent, and support to the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) in exceptional ways. Chief Judge Lippman (ret.) is currently Of Counsel for Latham & Watkins, …

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