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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 4th quarter of FY 2018.

August 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.


  • SJI Remembers Chief Justice Clement Clay “Bo” Torbert Jr.

    Former SJI Board Chair and Alabama Chief Justice Clement Clay “Bo” Torbert, Jr. died on Saturday, June 2, 2018. In November 1976, he was elected Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court where he served two terms until 1988. During his tenure as Chief Justice, he was active in national and international judicial organizations, serving …

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  • SJI Awards FY 2018 Second Quarter Grants

    The SJI Board of Directors met on April 23, 2018, at the St. Louis County, Missouri, Courthouse to make decisions on quarterly grant applications and awarded a total of 13 new grants. A Strategic Initiatives Grant (SIG) was awarded to the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) to support a Natural Language Processing initiative for …

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  • Senate Confirms SJI Board Member John Nalbandian to Sixth Circuit

    On May 15, 2018, The U.S. Senate confirmed SJI Board member John Nalbandian to be a U.S. Circuit Court Judge for the Sixth Circuit. Mr. Nalbandian currently is a partner in the Litigation Department of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.  He concentrates on appellate and complex litigation in state and federal courts and is a …

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  • National Judicial Webcasts Build Judicial Knowledge and Skills

    The National Judicial College (NJC) regularly offers webcasts that provide judges with a flexible opportunity to engage in professional development from their chambers.  SJI and other partners often provide resources to the NJC, so they are able to offer webcasts at no charge with advance registration.  The NJC also maintains an On-Demand Catalog of course …

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