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EOIR discourages IJs from granting continuances

  1. Date Announced

    July 31, 2017

    The Chief Immigration Judge issues Operations Policy and Procedures Memorandum (OPPM) 17-01, urging IJs to be more efficient with respect to continuances (lest "adjudicatory inefficiencies" exacerbate the case backlog) and reminding IJs of respondents' "strong incentive" to abuse continuances.

    The OPPM directs IJs to make the reasons for granting a continuance clear on the record, and it provides guidance specific to continuances to obtain counsel, continuances for attorney preparation, continuances of merits hearings, and continuances that are requested by DHS.

    [ID #145]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    July 31, 2017
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Agency Directive
Subject Matter: Hearings and Adjudications
Agencies Affected: EOIR

Prior Policies

  • OPPM 17-01 amends OPPM 13-01, which gave in more general terms the factors that IJs should consider when deciding whether to grant continuances.

    OPPM 13-01

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