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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 3rd quarter of FY 2018.

May 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.


  • Principles On Fines, Fees, and Bail Practices

    The Conference of Chief Justices/Conference of State Court Administrators (CCJ/COSCA) National Task Force on Fines, Fees, and Bail Practices recently released an 8-page report titled, Principles on Fines, Fees, and Bail Practices. The principles each fall into one of the following seven categories: Structural and Policy-Related Principles Governance Principles Transparency Principles Fundamental Fairness Principles Pretrial …

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  • The Intersection Between Prostitution, Human Trafficking, and Victimization Among Justice-Involved Women

    The Human Trafficking and the State Courts Collaborative recently added a new resource –  a webinar by the National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women and the Center for Court Innovation that explores the nexus between prostitution, human trafficking, and victimization among justice involved women.  Over 200 participants registered for the original webinar, and it …

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  • SJI and NCSC Partner to Develop Elements of Judicial Excellence

    With grant funding from SJI and technical expertise from the National Center for State Courts (NCSC), the Elements of Judicial Excellence framework was created to support professional development of state trial court judges.  This unique resource identifies three specific elements necessary to achieving judicial excellence and professional growth, including: Citizen of the Court Community: Ethics …

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  • Minnesota Concludes Statewide Multidisciplinary Project to Address Human Trafficking

    On May 22-25, 2017, the Minnesota Judicial Branch, with support from SJI, the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office, and the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, hosted a statewide training: Sex Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation 102: Engagement Strategies for Working with Sexually Exploited Children. Judges from each of Minnesota’s ten judicial districts and one United States District Court …

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