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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 4th quarter of FY 2020.

August 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.


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 Awards FY 2020 Second Quarter Grants

    The SJI Board of Directors met virtually on April 27, 2020 to make decisions on quarterly grant applications, and approved a total of 21 new grants. Four (4) Strategic Initiatives Grants were awarded: the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) to support Phase II of the Conference of Chief Justices/Conference of State Court Administrators Mental Health Initiative; the National Council of …

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  • Rapid Response Team: Pandemic Roadmap to Guide State Courts Forward

    The Pandemic Rapid Response Team (RRT), a group of chief justices and state court administrators established in March 2020, has created a roadmap to help state courts move forward during the pandemic—and after it ends.  The plan will be developed by a series of working groups that will determine what courts have learned, how to …

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  • Pandemic Rapid Response Team Webinar on Resuming Court Operations

    As states begin to issue partial restart orders, more than 3,200 people from state, federal, and international courts recently attended the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ)/Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) Pandemic Rapid Recovery Team’s webinar on planning for resuming normal court operations – the first of several to help courts as the coronavirus pandemic curve flattens …

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  • SJI Launches LinkedIn Presence

    With over 500 million LinkedIn users and 100 million different companies and organizations registered, the State Justice Institute (SJI) has joined the ranks of those engaging with the platform to disseminate knowledge, provide informational leads, and share news of our organization’s development. The SJI page on LinkedIn is now live, and aims to distinguish itself …

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