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.


  • SJI Board of Directors Meeting

    The SJI Board of Directors will be meeting on Monday, June 21, 2021 at 2:00 PM ET.  The purpose of this meeting is to consider grant applications for the 3rd quarter of FY 2021, and other business.

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  • U.S. Treasury Opens Portal for Counties to Receive Fiscal Recovery Funds

    On May 10, 2021, the U.S. Department of Treasury released guidance on the State and Local Coronavirus Fiscal Recovery Fund (Recovery Fund), which is part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARP). The bill includes $65.1 billion in direct, flexible aid to every county in America, as well as other crucial investments in local communities.  Additionally, the U.S. Treasury opened …

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  • Self-Represented Litigation Network Hosting a Webinar on Funding for Non-Lawyer Navigators

    Under the recently passed American Rescue Plan, there is a major new infusion of federal funding for AmeriCorps programs, a potential funder of court navigator programs.  Join the Self Represented Litigation Network (SRLN) for a webinar on Friday, 5/21/2021 at 2PM EDT to take a deep dive into seeking AmeriCorps funding for court navigator programs.  A senior AmeriCorps official, …

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  • Findings on Jurors and New Media

    As a result of COVID-19, Americans rely even more heavily on the Internet and social media to complete everyday tasks than they did before the pandemic. Indeed, courts in several states are piloting remote jury selection and even fully remote trials to resume jury trials safely, raising concerns about the risk of juror misconduct involving …

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