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.


Beginning in FY 2021, all new grant application submissions must be made via the online Grant Management System (GMS). Also, all awards made in FY 2021 and forward are required to be managed in the GMS. Grantees with open awards made prior to FY 2021, may elect to create a new account and complete all requirements in GMS.

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.


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.


  • The SJI Funding Toolkit: An Important Resource in Supporting Court Applicants for Federal Grants

    The FY 2021 Federal Grant Season is well underway with numerous open solicitations available.  Make sure to visit SJI’s Funding Toolkit for the latest grant information.  The Toolkit includes current grant solicitations, along with templates that can be used to prepare a grant application.   As a reminder, applicants for DOJ/Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) grants …

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  • New Resources to Address Human Trafficking

    SJI continues to addresses the impact of federal and state human trafficking laws on the state courts, and the challenges faced by state courts in dealing with cases involving trafficking victims and their families.  These efforts are intended to empower state courts to identify victims, link them with vital services, and hold traffickers accountable.  Several …

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  • NIWAP and NCJFCJ Launch “The Network”

    The National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP) at the American University/Washington College of Law, working in partnership with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)  is launching a National Judicial Network: Forum on Human Trafficking and Immigration in State Courts (“The Network”).   The Network will provide a forum for judges to engage in peer-to-peer learning sessions with …

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  • Utah Pilots ODR in Select Courts for Small Claims Caseload

    With grant support from SJI, and technical assistance provided by the National Center for State Courts (NCSC), the Utah Courts have completed a multi-year review of the online dispute resolution (ODR) program. In September of 2018, Utah became one of the first states to initiate an ODR pilot effort to aid in the processing of …

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