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.


The deadline for new grant applications for the 3rd quarter of FY 2020.

May 1, 2020

Grant Application 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.


  • Funding Toolkit for State Courts and Justice System Partners

    SJI’s mission is to improve the quality of justice in state courts and foster innovative, efficient solutions to common issues faced by all courts.  We recognize that funding plays an important role in fostering innovation.  In recognition that many courts are unfamiliar with these funding opportunities and how these resources can be leveraged, SJI is …

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  • New Funding Opportunity for State Courts: BJA’s FY 2020 COSSAP Site-Based Solicitation and Webinar

    The Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP) was developed as part of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) legislation. COSSAP’s purpose is to provide financial and technical assistance to states, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments to develop, implement, or expand comprehensive efforts to identify, respond to, treat, and support …

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  • NCSC Recommends State-of-the-Art Innovations for Family-Centered Disputes

    With a new courthouse opening in Indianapolis in 2022, the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) is helping court officials unify paternity, domestic relations, probate, and juvenile court proceedings to create a more efficient and effective way to settle family-centered disputes. Unifying these proceedings, which often leads to better and faster outcomes for families, is …

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  • New White Paper Addresses Gap on Consumer Debt and Court Proceedings

    In response to requests from state court policymakers for guidance, the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) and IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, published a briefing paper titled, Preventing Whack-a-Mole Management of Consumer Debt Cases.  The paper describes problems associated with consumer debt collection cases and the impact of promising reforms implemented in New York …

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