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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.

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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 New Guide To Assist Courts In Planning for Natural Disasters and other Emergencies

    The National Center for State Courts (NCSC), with SJI support, has developed a new emergency management planning guide to help court officials better prepare for and respond to natural disasters and other emergencies that threaten court operations. The guide, which replaces one created in 2007, comes at a time when the nation is experiencing unprecedented hurricane …

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  • NCJFCJ Holds Roundtable Discussion with Military-Connected Family Organizations and Programs

    The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), with support from SJI, held a virtual roundtable discussion last month with representatives from organizations, programs, and agencies serving military-connected families. The roundtable discussion was held to further the NCJFCJ’s efforts to improve support for military-connected families that are involved in the juvenile and family court system. …

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  • Dual Status Youth – Technical Assistance Workbook, Updated Edition

    The RFK National Resource Center has released the Dual Status Youth – Technical Assistance Workbook, Updated Edition to enhance its practical guidance for state and local jurisdictions on behalf of dual status youth. The highly successful framework, originally developed in 2003, continues to be presented in its original form given the successful outcomes it has generated …

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  • Four-Part Series Explores Use of Artificial Intelligence in the Criminal Justice System

    Through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, NIJ has made available the following final technical reports (these reports are the result of an NIJ-funded projects but were not published by the U.S. Department of Justice): Title: Artificial Intelligence in the Criminal Justice System: Demystifying Artificial Intelligence, its Applications, and Potential Risks Authors: James Redden, Molly …

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