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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 2016.

August 1, 2016

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.


  • Pandemic Benchbook Now Available

    The Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) and Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) Pandemic and Emergency Response Task Force has recently published a new tool for courts titled, Preparing for a Pandemic: An Emergency Response Benchbook and Operational Guidebook for State Court Judges and Administrators.  This project was supported by SJI. Facilitated with expertise provided …

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  • New Online Curriculum for State Courts on Unaccompanied Immigrant Children

    A new online curriculum has been developed to help state courts understand how to process the increasing numbers of unaccompanied alien children (UACs) coming into the United States. Over the last several years, the number of UACs from Central America has been steadily rising, and this trend is anticipated to lead to an increase in …

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  • Courting Justice Listening Tour

    On June 10, 2016, judicial leaders from across the country gathered in Los Angeles to record the first edition of “Courting Justice,” a multi-part, televised “listening tour” being produced in cooperation with PBS broadcaster Tavis Smiley and offered during Smiley’s regular programming slot.  Support for “Courting Justice” was provided by SJI, in addition to financial …

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  • SJI Awards FY 2016 Third Quarter Grants

    The SJI Board of Directors met on June 13, 2016, at SJI Headquarters to make decisions on quarterly grant applications and awarded a total of nineteen (19) new grants. One Strategic Initiatives Grant was awarded to support the implementation Phase of the Civil Justice Initiative.  Two (2) Project Grants were approved, one to the Center …

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