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.


  • 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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  • Paths to Justice Summit Series

    This month, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS), is launching a virtual summit series, Paths to Justice. The series is comprised of multiple invite-only virtual convenings, as well as a series of webinars focusing on the paths of the pandemic, the paths to access, and the paths to racial justice …

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  • National Cybersecurity Survey Announcement

    The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) is conducting a cybersecurity survey to get a snapshot of where courts are with their cybersecurity readiness and planning. The results of the survey will help inform future cybersecurity priorities and policy recommendations. With the increase in the number and complexity of cyber-attacks, it is important for courts …

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  • Training Increases Judges’ Understanding of Opioid Use Disorder

    Judges who received opioid use disorder (OUD) training are more likely to view OUD as a chronic disease and a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, according to a recently released report. The training also led more judges to conclude that funding should be increased for those who benefit from court-ordered OUD services. The …

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