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1 Immigration Court Procedures & Practices. 2 Introduction to INS & Colorado’s Immigration Courts Immigration Court: Arrival Procedures Interview Procedures:

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1 1 Immigration Court Procedures & Practices

2 2 Introduction to INS & Colorado’s Immigration Courts Immigration Court: Arrival Procedures Interview Procedures: Wackenhut Cases Federal Building Cases Courtroom Procedures: Wackenhut Federal Building Master v. Merits Merits Hearing Schedule Post-Hearing Procedures

3 3 Immigration Court Procedures & Practices Introduction to INS & Colorado’s Immigration Courts INS The Federal Building Wackenhut The Judges

4 4 INS Office Address: 4730 Paris Street Denver, CO Phone Numbers: (800) (customer service) (303) (deport) (303) (exams) (303) (TAs) Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday 7:30AM-2:30PM Parking

5 5 The Federal Building Address: 1961 Stout Street, Room 1403 Denver, CO Phone Number: (303) (EOIR) (800) (electronic info system) (303) (INS) Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8:00AM-4:00PM

6 6 Wackenhut Address: E. 30 th Ave. Aurora, CO Phone Number: (303) (EOIR) (800) (electronic info system) (303) (deport) (303) (detention facility) Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8:00AM-4:00PM

7 7 Immigration Court Judges Honorable David J. Cordova Honorable Donn L. Livingston Honorable James P. Vandello

8 8 Immigration Court: Arrival Procedures Federal Building: Bring an ID Driver’s License Number Required Wackenhut: Detention Facility Photo ID Required Attorney Visitation Form (Client Visit Only) Name, “A Number”, Detention Number No Cell Phones, Pagers, or Knives Allowed Inside

9 9 Interview Procedures: Wackenhut Cases Guard Escorts You to Visitation Room Interview Your Client Contact Visit Review Client’s Notice To Appear (NTA) Review Client’s Story & Assess Options Cancellation of Removal – P. Medige Presentation Adjustment of Status – C. Lehman Presentation Asylum – A. Weitzhandler Presentation

10 10 Interview Procedures: Wackenhut Cases Conclusion of Interview Buzz the Guard--You Will Be Escorted Out First Helpful Tips Verify Client’s Story – Do Not Rely Solely on Client and/or NTA Do Not Give a Home Phone Number Avoid General Visitation Hours Advise Client not to Speak with INS without You

11 11 Interview Procedures: Federal Building Cases Interview As With Any Other Client Helpful Tips Verify Client’s Story – Do Not Rely Solely on Client and/or NTA Do Not Give a Home Phone Number

12 12 Courtroom Procedures: Wackenhut Wait in Courtroom Until Case is Called Last three digits of “A Number” Sit at Table on Right Side Enter Your Appearance G-28, EOIR-28

13 13 Courtroom Procedures: Wackenhut More Pictures of Wackenhut Courtrooms What You SeeWhat the Judge Sees

14 14 Courtroom Procedures: Federal Building Check Board for Correct Courtroom Case Will be Called by Last Three Digits of Client’s “A Number” Sit at Table on Left Side Enter Your Appearance G-28, EOIR-28

15 15 G-28 Form Entry of Appearance for INS Must Be Printed on Blue Paper Two Copies Original to INS Copy to Client

16 16 EOIR-28 Form Entry of Appearance for Immigration Court Must Be Printed on Green Paper Three Copies Original to Judge Copy to INS Copy to Client

17 17 Courtroom Procedures: Master v. Merits Master Calendar Hearing - Arraignment Enter Appearances Admit and/or Deny NTA Allegations, Concede or Challenge Charge Schedule Merits Hearing Request Continuance Merits Hearing - Trial Enter Appearances (if Applicable) Arguing Merits of the Case Witnesses, Documentation, etc. Decision Issued at Conclusion

18 18 Courtroom Procedures: Merits Hearing Schedule Submit Client’s Application (w/ Supporting Documentation) to Clerk of Court (except asylum) in Advance of Hearing Asylum Applications Submitted at the Master Calendar Hearing Opening Statement (Optional) You Speak First Presentation of Case Testimony via Direct Examination Cross Examination Judge’s Examination Telephonic Witnesses Accepted Closing Statement (Optional) Judge Renders Decision Both Sides Given Option to Reserve Appeal

19 19 Post-Hearing Procedures Report to RMIAN Intern Outcome of Case Hours Estimated Value to Client Submit Work Product to RMIAN Intern


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