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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 3rd quarter of FY 2016.

May 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.


  • Council for Court Excellence Releases Report on Jury Service in D.C.

    With assistance from SJI, the Council for Court Excellence (CCE) embarked on a new comprehensive study of issues relating to jury service in D.C. from the perspective of jurors, judges, and lawyers (SJI-14-T-086). Working out of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and the Superior Court of the District of Columbia over a …

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      SJI is sad to announce the passing of our Board Chairman, and former Chief Justice of Arkansas, Jim Hannah. Jim Hannah served as the Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court from 2005 to 2015, and successfully ran statewide contested elections for Chief Justice (2004) and Associate Justice (2000). At the time of his …

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  • 2015 State of State Courts Survey Results

    The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) recently released the results of the 2015 State of State Courts Survey. The results show that courts remain the most trusted branch of government, and Americans recognize their unique role in protecting individual rights.  However, persistent concerns about customer service, inefficiency, and bias are undermining the public’s confidence …

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  • Missouri Municipal Courts Assessment & Recommendations

    This assessment was conducted by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) at the request of the Supreme Court of Missouri with grant support from SJI (SJI-15-T-119). The goal was to identify best practices in operating and managing limited jurisdiction courts throughout the United States, and suggest how those practices may be applied to municipal …

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