The Merced Superior Court said it was awarded a State Justice Institute (SJI) grant of $50,000. The court had submitted an application in July. The grant application is entitled, "Improving Accountability through Caseflow and Calendaring Improvements."
Two consultants with the National Center for State Courts in Virginia will help the court in the development of a direct calendaring process that will include reviewing its current jury practices. "This is wonderful news as we can only imagine the number of applications received by SJI," Presiding Judge Brian McCabe said in a news release. "Our judges and staff look forward to working with these experts."
SJI is a nonprofit corporation governed by an 11-member Board of Directors appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. The State Justice Institute (SJI) was established by federal law in 1984 to award grants to improve the quality of justice in dtate courts, facilitate better coordination between state and federal courts and foster innovative, efficient solutions to common issues faced by all courts. --Sun-Star staff