Improving the Quality of Justice in our State Courts

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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.


Grant applications are accepted and reviewed on a quarterly basis. All new grant application submissions must be made via the online Grant Management System (GMS). Additionally, all active awards must be managed in the GMS.


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.


Visit SJI’s Funding Toolkit for State Courts and Justice System Partners to learn about additional grant opportunities, access grant resources, and to request grant writing technical assistance.


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    About 4 out of 10 people in custody have been diagnosed with a mental illness. At some point, they ended up in court, where a judge determined whether they were competent to stand trial. While they waited for their competency hearings, they often languished in jails. In Texas alone, more than 1,500 people are waiting …

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  • New Study Reveals the Full Extent of the Access to Justice Crisis in America

    This month, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS), and the Netherlands-based HiiL (The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law) completed the first nationwide survey of its size to measure how Americans across a broad range of socio-demographic groups experience and resolve their legal problems. The US Justice Needs survey, funded by …

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  • NEW! Whole-Person Care for People Experiencing Homelessness and Opioid Use Disorder Toolkit

    Part I: Understanding Homelessness and Opioid Use Disorder, Supporting Recovery, and Best Practices in Whole-Person Care Opioid use disorder (OUD) is a complex brain disease that may be present alongside or contribute to additional mental and physical health conditions, as well as social, legal, and other challenges. Impacted individuals may be unable to access or …

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  • Court Voices Project

    As courts continue to adapt in response to the pandemic, some court leaders are taking the extra step to ask their most impacted users what they think: court staff and court users. Giving voice is an evidence-based component of improving trust and confidence in the courts, not to mention a way to get insights that …

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