Original Date AnnouncedJuly 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]OPPM 17-01
Effective DateJuly 31, 2017
Current StatusFully in Effect
Original Trump Policy StatusStatus: Final/ActualTrump Administration Action: Agency DirectiveSubject Matter: Hearings and AdjudicationsAgencies Affected: EOIR
Pre Trump-Era Policies
March 7, 2013
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
Trump-Era Policy Documents
OPPM 17-01: Continuances
OPPM 13-01: Continuances and Administrative Closure