Observing Immigration Court Hearings

On Febrary 19, 2010, the Executive office of Immigration Review (EOIR), which includes the 55 U.S. Administrative Immigration Courts, announcd procedures why some hearings are closed to the public. The EOIR conducts immigration court hearings in more than 55 immigration courts nationwide. These are generally proceedings to remove aliens from the United States, to hear applications to the EOIR, such as extreme hardship waivers, cancellation of removal, asylum, witholding of removal, and Convention Against Torture, as well as application for voluntary departure or adjustment of status applications.

Immigration court hearings are generally open to the public. However, in some circumstances, the hearing may be closed to the public when the court determines that (1) to protect witnesses, parties, or the public interest; (2) The immigration judge granted a motion the parties filed to close a hearing; or (3) the case involves an abused spouse or child, (2) nformation that is protected by a protective order; or (3)an application for asylum, withholding of removal relief, or Convention Against Torture (CAT) protections.

If you are interested in observing a hearing in the EOIR, please look up the closest immigration court near you at http://www.justice.gov/eoir. When visiting the immigration court, you are NOT permitted to bring any camera, or recording devices. Often times, there are limited spaces in the court. If so, the media has priority over the general public.


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