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The State Justice Institute (SJI) was established by Federal law in 1984 to award grants to improve the quality of justice in state courts, facilitate better coordination between state and federal courts, and foster innovative, efficient solutions to common issues faced by all courts.

Mission: The State Justice Institute (SJI) is a federally-funded, non-profit corporation established by federal law (42 U.S.C. 10701 et seq.) in 1984 to award grants to improve the quality of justice in the state courts, and promote innovative, efficient solutions to common issues faced by all courts. SJI is the only source of federal funding dedicated exclusively to improving the quality of justice in our state courts. SJI is governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate.

National Center for State Courts
01/20/2020

National Center for State Courts

Martin Luther King, Jr. believed life's most persistent and urgent question is what are you doing for others.

How are you making a difference in the court community? #MLKDay #MartinLutherKing #MakingaDifference

The next #SJIGrant deadline is February 1, 2020. Before submitting a grant application, we always encourage prospective ...
01/14/2020
State Justice Institute

The next #SJIGrant deadline is February 1, 2020. Before submitting a grant application, we always encourage prospective applicants to research our grant types and past awards, which can be reviewed on our website: http://www.sji.gov/grants/

SJI was established by federal law in 1984 to improve the quality of justice in state courts, and foster innovative, efficient solutions to common issues faced by all courts. To fulfill this mission, SJI awards grants that benefit the nation’s judicial system and the public it serves. TYPES OF GRA...

Remember, the SJI Newsletter is delivered monthly, direct to subscriber inboxes. This month, we featured work from Natio...
12/31/2019
SJI Newsletter

Remember, the SJI Newsletter is delivered monthly, direct to subscriber inboxes.

This month, we featured work from National Center for State Courts, National Association of Women Judges, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Superior Court of Fulton County, and the National Judicial Opioid Task Force: http://bit.ly/2SH7QS1 #SJIGrant

Be sure to listen to court leaders share their stories about the Court Improvement Program (CIP), in a series of podcasts, moderated by Bill DeLisio, Colorado’s Family Law Program manager. CIP provides federal money to help families at risk or in crisis. DeLisio conducted the 10 interviews at the ...

Thanks to our friends at the ABA Journal for covering the important work of the National Judicial Opioid Task Force (NJO...
12/19/2019
Do courts lack info about medication-assisted treatment as an option for defendants with opioid addiction?

Thanks to our friends at the ABA Journal for covering the important work of the National Judicial Opioid Task Force (NJOTF), and other state courts working to find solutions for defendants with opioid addiction: http://bit.ly/2sMCXk9

Judges aren’t doctors, and they shouldn’t make decisions on whether medication-assisted treatment is appropriate for defendants addicted to opioids, says Timothy Young, the public defender for Ohio.

In advance of our February 1, 2020, grant deadline, take a moment to review SJI's Priority Investment Areas.  These area...
12/11/2019
State Justice Institute

In advance of our February 1, 2020, grant deadline, take a moment to review SJI's Priority Investment Areas. These areas guide the grantsmanship of our board and were updated this year: http://www.sji.gov/priority-investment-areas/

Each fiscal year, SJI allocates significant financial resources to support its Priority Investment Areas. For FY 2020, the Priority Investment Areas are the following listed below in no specific order. The Priority Investment Areas are applicable to all grant types. SJI strongly encourages potential...

12/06/2019
Opioid task force discusses report at national press event in D.C.

#ICYMI - The National Judicial Opioid Task Force (NJOTF)
released a report that lays the groundwork for state courts nationwide to treat opioid-addicted defendants more like patients than criminals by using a combination of counseling services and medicated-assisted treatment. Watch the press conference - https://vimeo.com/374646352 #SJIGrant

Read the report: http://bit.ly/36bYz8d

The National Judicial Opioid Task Force held a press conference on November 20, 2019 to discuss its report that lays the groundwork for state courts nationwide to…

The State Justice Institute is grateful to its grantees, partners, and team for their contributions to advance the work ...
11/28/2019

The State Justice Institute is grateful to its grantees, partners, and team for their contributions to advance the work of state courts.

Our grantees, including the Hawaii State Judiciary, The National Judicial College, King County, Washington, and more, ha...
11/27/2019
www.sji.gov

Our grantees, including the Hawaii State Judiciary, The National Judicial College, King County, Washington, and more, have made incredible gains through their #SJIGrant work. Learn more by reading the #November edition of the SJI Newsletter - http://bit.ly/34rhuv3

SJI is saddened by the passing of Iowa Chief Justice Mark Cady.  In addition to serving the citizens of Iowa, Chief Just...
11/19/2019

SJI is saddened by the passing of Iowa Chief Justice Mark Cady. In addition to serving the citizens of Iowa, Chief Justice Cady was a leader on national efforts to improve state courts and enhance access to justice, including major SJI initiatives. He recently chaired the Family Justice Initiative, and served as a co-chair of a work group on Children and Families for the National Judicial Opioid Task Force. At the time of his death, he was serving as co-chair for the Juvenile Justice Reform and State Courts Initiative. The SJI Board of Directors extends its sincerest condolences to his family, friends, colleagues, and the Iowa Judiciary.

Did you know SJI supported grants across the country to implement online dispute resolution (ODR)?  The NCSC recently ho...
11/12/2019
2019 ODR International Forum: ‘Online Dispute Resolution is here to stay’

Did you know SJI supported grants across the country to implement online dispute resolution (ODR)? The NCSC recently hosted the 2019 ODR International Forum, which featured the work of some grantees: https://www.ncsc.org/Newsroom/at-the-center/november-2019/ODR-Forum.aspx #SJIGrant

The woman’s last name was called a few times in Collin County Court in north Texas before she finally appeared, 15 minutes late, with a baby in her arms and tears in her eyes. As Ben White, the court’s senior IT manager, watched her rush into the courtroom, he assumed the woman couldn’t find a...

Looking for a judicial education program in the near future? It's never too early to start planning for 2020. Or, consid...
11/04/2019

Looking for a judicial education program in the near future? It's never too early to start planning for 2020. Or, consider an inspiring course to round out 2019! Some courses presented by The National Judicial College have been created with #SJIGrant support: http://bit.ly/2Nf6smu

Others may be eligible for our Education Support Program http://www.sji.gov/grants/education-support-program/

Our #October SJI #Newsletter was delivered yesterday directly to inboxes everywhere!  Subscribe today to get the latest ...
10/25/2019
State Justice Institute

Our #October SJI #Newsletter was delivered yesterday directly to inboxes everywhere! Subscribe today to get the latest news on #SJIGrants and more sent first to you. http://www.sji.gov/news/

Each fiscal year, SJI allocates significant financial resources to support its Priority Investment Areas. The Priority Investment Areas are applicable to all grant types. SJI strongly encourages potential grant applicants to consider projects addressing one or more of these Priority Investment Areas...

#ICYMI - Fourth quarter #SJIGrant awards and updates from grantees across a wide range of new and ongoing initiatives we...
09/30/2019

#ICYMI - Fourth quarter #SJIGrant awards and updates from grantees across a wide range of new and ongoing initiatives were featured in our September SJI Newsletter:
http://bit.ly/2oGymhC

SJI Board Chair and Chief Justice John Minton provided opening remarks at the 2nd National Summit on Courts and Military...
09/23/2019

SJI Board Chair and Chief Justice John Minton provided opening remarks at the 2nd National Summit on Courts and Military Families today.

This SJI-funded Summit, sponsored by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, is providing an opportunity for courts and the U.S. Department of Defense to advance best practices in support of military-connected families. #SJIGrant

We are pleased to announce #SJIGrant support for a new collaborative to assist state courts in addressing the impact of ...
09/23/2019
State Justice Institute

We are pleased to announce #SJIGrant support for a new collaborative to assist state courts in addressing the impact of #opioids on #children: http://bit.ly/2mtd3ij

Partners in the collaborative include, The National Judicial College, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, National Center for State Courts, and Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR).

In addition to the impact of opioid abuse on criminal courts, the nation’s family and juvenile courts, and child welfare system, is also being deeply impacted. A recent report by DHS/Administration for Children and Families shows that, after years of decline, the number of children in foster care ...

The SJI Board of Directors met on Monday, September 9, 2019, in New York, New York.  In addition to considering grant ap...
09/20/2019

The SJI Board of Directors met on Monday, September 9, 2019, in New York, New York.

In addition to considering grant applications for the 4th quarter of FY 2019, and received briefing from guest speakers representing varied state court and judicial projects underway in New York City, and beyond.

The SJI Board of Directors met on Monday, September 9, 2019, in New York, New York.

In addition to considering grant applications for the 4th quarter of FY 2019, and received briefing from guest speakers representing varied state court and judicial projects underway in New York City, and beyond.

Earlier this week, Chief Justice Loretta Rush, Co-Chair of the CCJ/COSCA National Judicial Opioid Task Force (NJOTF), an...
09/20/2019

Earlier this week, Chief Justice Loretta Rush, Co-Chair of the CCJ/COSCA National Judicial Opioid Task Force (NJOTF), and Illinois State Court Administrator Marcia Meis, NJOTF Member, presented at the 2019 annual meeting of the American Judges Association in Chicago, Illinois.

In our August edition of the SJI Newsletter, we featured a new resource for conservatorship modernization and implementa...
09/13/2019

In our August edition of the SJI Newsletter, we featured a new resource for conservatorship modernization and implementation, published by the National Center for State Courts http://bit.ly/2mh2yih #SJIGrant

The National Association for Court Management is planning for the next Midyear Conference and they want you to be part o...
09/06/2019
NACM 2020 Conference Proposal Submission Form – National Association for Court Management

The National Association for Court Management is planning for the next Midyear Conference and they want you to be part of it - as a presenter!

Calls for workshop proposals are now open and are due by October 1, 2019. https://nacmnet.org/nacm-2020-conference-proposal-submission-form/

The National Association for Court Management is the world’s largest organization of court management professionals. Together, NACM members work toward a more accessible and efficient judicial system. Through research, publications, conferences and more, NACM promotes continued member education an...

While SJI is closed for Labor Day, know that our grant products are ready for download, including the Science Bench Book...
09/01/2019
Science Bench Book for Judges

While SJI is closed for Labor Day, know that our grant products are ready for download, including the Science Bench Book for Judges, brought to us by The National Judicial College and Justice Speakers Institute, LLC - http://bit.ly/2PADctT #SJIGrant

The SJI Newsletter is now available online. Catch up with the work of our #SJIGrant partners, and learn more about upcom...
08/29/2019
www.sji.gov

The SJI Newsletter is now available online. Catch up with the work of our #SJIGrant partners, and learn more about upcoming and past state court community events: http://bit.ly/2ZmbLs5

#ICYMI - The National Association for Court Management has posted video content supported by an #SJIGrant from their 201...
08/20/2019
Video Gallery – National Association for Court Management

#ICYMI - The National Association for Court Management has posted video content supported by an #SJIGrant from their 2019 annual conference event: http://bit.ly/2zcWKcw #professionaldevelopment

The National Association for Court Management is the world’s largest organization of court management professionals. Together, NACM members work toward a more accessible and efficient judicial system. Through research, publications, conferences and more, NACM promotes continued member education an...

#ICYMI - The July SJI Newsletter featured our most recent #SJIGrant awards, as well as updates from grantees and partner...
08/08/2019
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#ICYMI - The July SJI Newsletter featured our most recent #SJIGrant awards, as well as updates from grantees and partners, including the The National Judicial College, Justice Speakers Institute, LLC, Twenty Second Judicial Circuit of McHenry County, National Center for State Courts, and more: http://bit.ly/2ZMCZUY

The next deadline for SJI Grant and Educational Support Program applications is August 1, 2019.  To learn more, visit: h...
07/29/2019

The next deadline for SJI Grant and Educational Support Program applications is August 1, 2019. To learn more, visit: http://www.sji.gov/grants/ #SJIGrant #professionaldevelopment #grant

If you missed the National Association for Court Management Annual Conference this week, know that their page f...
07/26/2019
Video Gallery – National Association for Court Management

If you missed the National Association for Court Management Annual Conference this week, know that their page features short videos to give you that conference perspective while awaiting the upload of select content to their Video Gallery: http://bit.ly/2K4CH5a #SJIGrant #Conference #professionaldevelopment

The National Association for Court Management is the world’s largest organization of court management professionals. Together, NACM members work toward a more accessible and efficient judicial system. Through research, publications, conferences and more, NACM promotes continued member education an...

The SJI Board of Directors met on June 24, 2019, at the Vermont Supreme Court in Montpelier, Vermont, to make decisions ...
07/19/2019

The SJI Board of Directors met on June 24, 2019, at the Vermont Supreme Court in Montpelier, Vermont, to make decisions on quarterly grant applications. A total of 12 new grants were awarded and the Board was joined by Pat Gabel, state court administrator of Vermont, and Chief Justice Paul L. Reiber.

The SJI Board of Directors met on June 24, 2019, at the Vermont Supreme Court in Montpelier, Vermont, to make decisions on quarterly grant applications. A total of 12 new grants were awarded and the Board was joined by Pat Gabel, state court administrator of Vermont, and Chief Justice Paul L. Reiber.

Did you know that the National Center for State Courts just released its Trends in State Courts - 2019 edition?This year...
07/16/2019
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Did you know that the National Center for State Courts just released its Trends in State Courts - 2019 edition?

This year’s edition has plenty to offer those who want to read about how technology is influencing the courts as well as “human capital” issues that focus on how and why courts should keep their employees happy. Another one of the human capital stories makes the case that engaged employees lead to satisfied court customers. Yet another details how Connecticut is investing in its judicial workforce.

Read it here: http://bit.ly/2JNxxKz

Just Announced: The National Judicial College has released its 2020 course calendar, sneak preview: http://bit.ly/2LP5We...
07/12/2019
NJC announces its 2020 course calendar!

Just Announced: The National Judicial College has released its 2020 course calendar, sneak preview: http://bit.ly/2LP5WeQ #professionaldevelopment #webinar #elearning #education

We are pleased to announce the following in-person courses for 2020 at the NJC's headquarters in Reno, Nevada and across the country. To register or to read more about our courses, simply click the link of the course that interests you. Many of our popular courses and destinations fill quickly so w...

Closed today in observance.  Please celebrate safely and responsibly.  🇺🇸
07/04/2019

Closed today in observance. Please celebrate safely and responsibly. 🇺🇸

Prepping for a new week and a new month? Get caught up with the SJI Newsletter, including partner and grantee updates fr...
06/30/2019
www.sji.gov

Prepping for a new week and a new month? Get caught up with the SJI Newsletter, including partner and grantee updates from OJP Bureau of Justice Assistance, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, University of Nebraska Medical Center - UNMC, and National Association for Court Management: http://bit.ly/2LpjfCB #SJIGrant

Today is the last day to submit questions for the Office of Justice Programs Rual Response to the Opioid Epidemic grant ...
06/25/2019
COAP Registration Form - Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP)

Today is the last day to submit questions for the Office of Justice Programs Rual Response to the Opioid Epidemic grant solicitation webinar: http://s.iir.com/RRgrantform2019

Learn more about the Rural Responses to the Opioid Epidemic Grant and application process during the upcoming webinar, scheduled for June 26, 2019, at 2:30 p.m., ET. Register here: http://s.iir.com/Rural_Responses.

Please submit questions in advance to [email protected] no later than June 25, 2019. Emails should include the name and agency of the submitter, his or her email address, and the question(s).

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06/24/2019
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The National Association for Court Management is pleased to announce its next webinar offering, which will take place Thursday, June 27 at 2:00 pm EDT. Register today: http://bit.ly/2IB3KFG

This webinar is intended as an interactive presentation of the Conference of State Court Administrator's 2018 policy paper on rural justice. The challenges will be quickly outlined. The possible solutions include taking advantage of the opportunities to expand access through information technology. However, meeting the challenge of access to justice in rural areas must also go beyond technology to practical solutions that bring human resources to Americans who do not live in urban or suburban centers. The paper and this webinar are intended to promote a robust discussion of practical solutions to the challenge of access to justice in rural areas that many courts face.

The National Institute of Justice will share research and findings from the EMPOWER Program Demonstration Project, which...
06/18/2019
Preventing Elder Abuse Through Research-And-Practice Collaboration: The EMPOWER Program Demonstration (2019-06-18)

The National Institute of Justice will share research and findings from the EMPOWER Program Demonstration Project, which collaboratively focuses on preventing elder abuse and improving older adults’ physical, mental, social, and financial resilience. #Webinar today, 2PM ET: http://bit.ly/2KXfMec

Join us for the next Center for Victim Research webinar on June 18, 2019 at 2 PM ET. The EMPOWER© Program is one of two rigorous, multiyear demonstration projects funded by the National Institute of Justice to prevent the abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation of older adults in the commun

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Just as there is a strong federal interest in state and local law enforcement, corrections, prosecution, and defense, there is a federal interest in supporting the state courts – who are a major component of the justice system and handle over 98 percent of all litigation filed in the United States. The state courts ensure the public experiences justice under the Constitution. With more than 30,000 judges and 20,000 courthouses nationwide, the state courts serve as the backbone of the justice system, upholding laws enacted at both the federal and state levels, and implementing many federal mandates. To support the increasing and evolving needs of the state courts, it is imperative that SJI has the resources to meet the demands for grant funding. SJI-funded projects are critical to the state courts, and the methods and innovations developed from these projects can be replicated on a state and national level; thereby increasing the impact of every grant dollar. SJI grants have assisted the state courts in reengineering to improve efficiency and effectiveness; addressed the impact of immigration in the state courts; improved court security; promoted fiscally-sound and data-driven policies and practices on sentencing; and provided assistance to improve access to justice. SJI is supervised by a Board of Directors consisting of 11 members appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate. Pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 10703, the President appoints 6 state court judges and 1 state court administrator from a list of candidates submitted to the President by the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ), and 4 public members, of which no more than 2 can be from the same political party.

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Friday 08:00 - 17:00

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