SJI received 18 grant applications requesting a total of $1,349,759 for the 4th quarter of FY 2012. The Board met on September 17, 2012, to make decisions on those grant applications and awarded 15 grants totaling $791,537. Because of the high demand, SJI had to deny some applications due to lack of available funding in the 4th quarter.
Three (3) Project Grants were awarded, including: the New Mexico Administrative Office of the Courts to develop language access training for court employees to provide enhanced language access outside the courtroom; the American Bar Association (ABA) and the National Guardianship Network (NGN) to promote guardianship networks across the U.S.; and a judicial workload assessment for the Pennsylvania courts.
Seven (9) Technical Assistance (TA) Grants were awarded, including: a language access project for the Rhode Island Judiciary; a readiness assessment of the Superior Court’s adult probation department in Imperial County, California; development of a succession plan for the Guam Judiciary; a pilot project for jury management using technology in the Fourth Judicial District Court of Minnesota; an evaluation of the organizational structures of the Supreme and Superior Courts in the U.S. Virgin Islands; a planning study for justice center facilities in Barberton, Ohio; rural court reengineering for Cochise County, Arizona; and court security projects in Orleans Parish, Louisiana, and the State of Hawaii.
Three (3) Curriculum Adaptation and Training (CAT) Grants were awarded, including: development of a National Judicial College (NJC) course on the legal issues related to fracking along the Marcellus Shale; a curriculum development project on human trafficking for the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ); and training for family law judges on immigration, domestic violence, and sexual assault for the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project at American University.