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  Monday, April 4, 2011

The Executive Office for Immigration Review Releases Immigration Judge Ethics and Professionalism Guide

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) announced today that it has published a new ethics and professionalism guide for immigration judges. EOIR worked with the National Association of Immigration Judges to develop the content of the guide.

The guide addresses important issues such as judicial temperament, ex parte communications and professional competence. The guide will ultimately be a part of the revised EOIR Ethics Manual, but it is immediately available at the following link:

http://www.justice.gov/eoir/sibpages/IJConduct/
EthicsandProfessionalismGuideforIJs.pdf

"The guide is a great resource for our immigration judges, and the representatives and respondents who appear in the immigration courts," said Chief Immigration Judge Brian M. O'Leary. "It will be useful to anyone seeking information about the ethical obligations and professional expectations that apply to immigration judges."

- EOIR -

The Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is an agency within the Department of Justice. Under delegated authority from the Attorney General, immigration judges and the Board of Immigration Appeals interpret and adjudicate immigration cases according to United States immigration laws. EOIR’s immigration judges conduct administrative court proceedings in immigration courts located throughout the nation. They determine whether foreign-born individuals—whom the Department of Homeland Security charges with violating immigration law—should be ordered removed from the United States or should be granted relief from removal and be permitted to remain in this country. The Board of Immigration Appeals primarily reviews appeals of decisions by immigration judges. EOIR’s Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer adjudicates immigration-related employment cases. EOIR is committed to ensuring fairness in all of the cases it adjudicates.

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