Original Date AnnouncedMarch 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]EOIR Directive: Policy for Public Use of Electronic Devices in EOIR Space
Effective DateMarch 20, 2019
Subsequent Trump-Era and Court Action(s)
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.
Current StatusFully in Effect
Original Trump Policy StatusStatus: Final/ActualTrump Administration Action: Agency DirectiveSubject Matter: Hearings and AdjudicationsAgencies Affected: EOIR
Pre Trump-Era Policies
January 1, 2015
The previous policy prohibited all use of electronic devices by the public (excluding attorneys and representatives of record) in EOIR spaces, requiring that electronic devices be turned off. Under that policy, attorneys of record and DHS trial attorneys were permitted to use electronic devices for limited purposes.EOIR Security Directive 01-2015: Public Use of Electronic Devices in EOIR Space