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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 2nd quarter of FY 2017.

February 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.


  • Senate Confirms Chief Justice Minton to Serve on SJI Board of Directors

    On December 10, 2016, the U.S. Senate confirmed Chief Justice John Minton from Kentucky to serve on the SJI Board of Directors.  Chief Justice Minton was nominated by the President on July 13, 2016.  He was elected to the Supreme Court of Kentucky in 2006, and reelected in 2014.  His fellow justices elected him as …

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  • Technical Assistance Available to Improve Civil Justice in the State Courts

    In July 2016, the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ) approved a resolution endorsing the Recommendations of its Civil Justice Improvements Committee. The Committee’s report, Call to Action: Achieving Justice for All, encourages the state courts to improve their civil justice systems by providing 13 recommendations.  Since then, the Call to Action and supporting materials have been accessed, …

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  • Chief Justice Jim Hannah Inducted Into the Warren E. Burger Society

    Former SJI Board Chair Chief Justice Jim Hannah was posthumously inducted into the Warren E. Burger Society during the National Center for State Court’s (NCSC) Annual Recognition Luncheon on November 17, 2016.  Chief Justice Hannah, who passed away in January 2016 at the age of 71, had served as SJI Board Chair since 2010, and …

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  • New Report on the Impact of Expedited Actions Rules in Texas

    With support from SJI, the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and the Texas Office of Court Administration partnered to evaluate the impact of the Texas Expedited Actions Rules, which were enacted in 2013 to reduce expense and delay in civil litigation.  The rules are mandatory for almost all civil cases involving monetary damages of …

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