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SJI Awards FY 2019 Third Quarter Grants

The SJI Board of Directors met on June 24, 2019 to make decisions on quarterly grant applications and awarded a total of 12 new grants.

A Project Grant was awarded to the District of Columbia Courts to develop a language access program, including the first nationwide Amharic Court Interpreter Certification Exam to better serve litigants from the Washington, D.C. metro region’s Ethiopian population.

Seven (7) Technical Assistance Grants were awarded: the Nebraska Administrative Office of the Courts for an assessment of self-represented litigants; the Massachusetts Administrative Office of the Trial Court for a plain language and simplified court procedures project; the 7th Judicial Circuit of Maryland for a strategic planning initiative; the 2nd Judicial Circuit of Arkansas for a calendar/caseflow improvement project; the Connecticut Judicial Branch for an electronic records management initiative; the Deschutes County, Oregon, Circuit Court for a Central Oregon Regional Guardianship Summit; and the 41B District Court in Michigan for a strategic planning project.

Four (4) Curriculum Adaptation and Training (CAT) Grants were awarded: The National Judicial College (NJC) for judicial webcasts; the New York Unified Court System for a faculty development workshop on creating and presenting webinars; the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) on opioids education; and the Hawaii Administrative Office of the Courts for Institute for Court Management (ICM) training.