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. SJI is unique both in its mission and how it seeks to fulfill it. Only SJI has the authority to assist all State courts – criminal, civil, juvenile, family, and appellate – and the mandate to share the success of one State’s innovations with every State court system as well as the Federal courts. SJI is a non-profit corporation governed by an 11-member Board of Directors appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The Strategic Initiatives Grants (SIG) program provides SJI the flexibility to address national court issues as they occur, and develop solutions to those problems. SJI uses its expertise and the expertise and knowledge of its grantees to address key issues facing state courts across the United States.
Beginning in FY 2013, SJI is supporting a Strategic Initiatives Grant (SIG) allowing Center for Public Policy Studies, The National Judicial College, and Center for Court Innovation (CPPS/NJC/CCI) to form a Human Trafficking and the State Courts Collaborative. In addition to eliminating the “stove-pipe” effect of separate organizations conducting projects with little to no coordination, the Collaborative will also establish what may become a permanent network of courts and court associations and organizations committed to this issue. The SJI Board established Human Trafficking and the State Courts as a Priority Investment Area on October 1, 2012.