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EOIR relaxes rules on electronic devices in EOIR court space

  1. Date Announced

    March 20, 2019

    Via Policy Memo 19-10, EOIR continues its ban on recording and photography in EOIR space but, in a change from prior policy, will now allow electronic devices to be used in EOIR space outside the courtroom.

    Inside the courtroom, the use of electronic devices is prohibited, except when an attorney or representative is using the device to conduct "immediately relevant court and business related activities (e.g., scheduling)." Otherwise, the devices must be turned off inside the courtroom.

    [ID #201]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    March 20, 2019
  3. Subsequent Action

    On September 20, 2019, the Immigration Court Practice Manual was updated to reflect this policy, as is reflected in the Table of Changes at the end of the document.

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

Prior Policies

Subsequent Action

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