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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 2nd quarter of FY 2018.

February 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 Awards FY 2018 First Quarter Grants

    The SJI Board of Directors met on December 4, 2017, at SJI Headquarters in Reston, VA, to make decisions on quarterly grant applications, and awarded a total of nine new grants. A Strategic Initiatives Grant (SIG) was awarded to the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCFJCJ) for an initiative on Military Families in Juvenile …

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  • Chief Justice Minton Elected SJI Board Chair

    During its recent meeting, the SJI Board held a special election for the Chair position and Chief Justice John Minton from Kentucky was elected as Chair. John D. Minton Jr. is serving his second eight-year term on the Supreme Court of Kentucky and his third four-year term as chief justice.  He is the 2016-2017 president …

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  • December Trends Features High Profile Case Management

    Trends In State Courts is both an annual publication and a website with a “Monthly Trends” feature. This month, the featured trend was Managing High-Profile Cases, which has been a focus of collaborative grant work between SJI and several key partners, including the National Center for State Courts, Conference of Court Public Information Officers, and …

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  • Automated Redaction Proof of Concept Report

    The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) recently published Best Practices for Court Privacy Policy Formulation, which includes the updated public access and privacy guidelines from an earlier Conference of State Court Administrators  (COSCA) model (released in 2002).  A proof of concept (POC) report was needed to determine the accuracy of automatically redacted information, which …

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