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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 1st quarter of FY 2018.

November 1, 2017

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.


  • Called to Action: 5 Years of Improving Language Access in the State Courts

    Five years ago, state court leaders from across the country convened at the 2012 National Summit on Language Access in the Courts, where representatives from 49 states, three territories, and the District of Columbia were present.  The 2013 release of the publication A National Call to Action: Access to Justice for Limited English Proficient Litigants outlined a set of nine …

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  • NACM-IACA Joint Conference

    In July, the National Association for Court Management (NACM) and the International Association for Court Administration (IACA) held a joint conference outside of Washington, D.C.  With funding from SJI, NACM live-streamed conference sessions and archived its 2017 annual conference content. The joint IACA-NACM conference was an incredible success, with over 900 attendees, faculty, and exhibitors …

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  • Language of Justice Institute Launches in Mid-Atlantic Region

    A new Language of Justice Institute is now available.  The Institute is a joint project of Widener University’s Delaware Law School, the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania (FJD-Philadelphia County Courts), and the Administrative Office of the Pennsylvania Courts (AOPC), and was funded in part by SJI. The purpose of the Institute is to provide a …

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  • SJI Board of Directors Meeting

    The SJI Board of Directors will be meeting on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 1:45 PM.  The meeting will be held at the Umstead Hotel in Cary, North Carolina.  The purpose of this meeting is to consider grant applications for the 4th quarter of FY 2017, and other business.  All portions of this meeting are …

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