SJI received 20 grant applications requesting a total of $1,147,684 for the 2nd quarter of FY 2012. The Board met on April 23, 2012, at the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) in Williamsburg, Virginia, to make decisions on those applications. In addition, NCSC provided overview briefings about their operations. The Board also had the opportunity to visit the Courtroom 21 Project, a part of the Center for Legal and Court Technology at the College of William & Mary School of Law. The Courtroom 21 Project is the world’s most technologically advanced trial and appellate courtroom, and is used for testing new court technologies, in addition to providing ongoing education.
During its meeting, the Board awarded 13 grants totaling $612,090. One (1) Project Grant was awarded to the Missouri Office of the State Court Administrator (OSCA) for an Access to Justice Project designed to increase their capacity to meet federal and state-mandated access to justice requirements through an electronic forms hosting and delivery system. Eight (8) Technical Assistance (TA) Grants were approved, including: Phase III support to develop judicial branch educator competencies for the National Association of State Judicial Educators (NASJE); implementation of a high performance court framework in the Scottsdale City Court, Arizona; a supreme and superior court unification project in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; and grants to the Kansas Supreme Court, New Mexico AOC, Washington AOC, San Mateo Superior Court in California, and Dane County Clerk of Courts in Wisconsin for court improvement, analysis, and reengineering projects. Four (4) Curriculum Adaptation & Training (CAT) Grants were approved, including: a grant to the Washington AOC for an intensive court interpreter training initiative; statewide delivery of case management training for Colorado juvenile probation officers on a new risk assessment tool, which builds on a previous grant (SJI-11-T-011) to develop the new assessment tool; development and the online delivery of judicial webcasts for judges (including new judges) for the National Judicial College (NJC); and support for the in-house certification of a 12-person team from the Missouri OSCA to deliver the NCSC’s Institute for Court Management (ICM) Certified Court Manager (CCM) credential.