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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 4th quarter of FY 2019.

August 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.


  • Civil Justice Initiative Pilot Project Releases Miami-Dade Evaluation

    In November 2016, the Circuit Civil Division of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida implemented the Civil Justice Initiative Pilot Project (CJIPP) to test the impact of Civil Case Management Teams (CCMTs) on civil case processing.   CCMTs were envisioned as an essential component of civil justice reform in the report and recommendations of the …

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  • Public Engagement with the Courts is a Two-way Street

    The Massachusetts Trial Court is looking for leaders willing to “commit to a longer-term partnership” between the courts and the community.  In Nebraska, the state Supreme Court wants to better recognize the needs of Native Americans.  The Franklin (Ohio) Municipal Court is learning how under-served populations perceive specialized dockets and its Self-Help Resource Center. Those …

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  • Advancing Judicial Excellence in New Mexico

    Supreme Court Chief Justice Judith Nakamura addressed a joint session of the New Mexico Legislature earlier this year to outline plans for improving and streamlining New Mexico Courts  operations to better serve New Mexicans.  A core component moving forward will be an SJI grant-funded evaluation by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) of appellate …

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  • NCSC Completes National Grant Project on Improving Language Access Services in the State Courts

    To further support state courts in developing and improving language access services, the National Center for State Courts provided direct technical assistance, guidance, and new tools for state and local courts with the support of an SJI Grant awarded in FY 2013. In addition to providing individual local and state court technical assistance, the NCSC …

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