Atlanta - Ted Turner Drive


COURT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Webex Available (Dec. 1, 2020): Webex Instructions 

Standing Order ATD 20-03 (Oct. 16, 2020): Superceding Standing Order  

Notice (Oct. 9, 2020): EOIR to Resume Hearings in Non-Detained Cases at Atlanta Immigration Courts

Presiding Judges

To find the status of your case and to whom your case is assigned, please check the Automated Case Information System Portal at https://portal.eoir.justice.gov/InfoSystem/ or call the Automated Case Information Hotline at 1-800-898-7180 / 304-625-2050 (TDD 800-828-1120). You may also call the immigration court at the phone number listed below.

ABOUT THE COURT

The Atlanta - Ted Turner Drive Immigration Court falls under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Chief Immigration Judge, which is a component of the Executive Office for Immigration Review under the Department of Justice.

Atlanta - Ted Turner Drive:

Address:

180 Ted Turner Drive, SW, Suite 241
Atlanta, GA 30303

Please see Google Maps for a map and directions to the immigration court.

Hours:

Window Filing Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Phone Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Phone:

404-653-2140

The immigration court does not accept faxes, unless  immigration court staff or the immigration judge specifically requests one. Unauthorized transmissions are not made part of the record and are discarded without consideration of the document or notice to the sender.  The immigration court does allow for electronic submissions by Department of Homeland Security and attorneys that are “opted-in”, as a pilot for ECAS.  However, EOIR-28 forms are accepted electronically without an “opted-in” requirement.

Parking/Transit:

There is metered parking near the court, as well as a few fee-based parking lots.  The Atlanta – Main Court is also about one block away from the MARTA transit system (Garnett Station). 

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Building Access and Security Screening Process:

 Lobby Entrance

All visitors are required to be check in, sign-in and be screened by the guards. Immigration court visitors and attorneys must not remain in the lobby area or near the entrance doors of the building, as it is a violation of the building policy. If you must meet your client(s) prior to the scheduled immigration court hearing, there is space available in the court’s waiting area.

 Security Procedures

All visitors to the immigration court must undergo a security screening through a metal detector machine as well as a handbag screening each time they visit the immigration court. Shoes may be required to be removed, if needed.

Visitors must not bring any cameras, video, or recording equipment.

 


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Public Health

Public Health Practices 

EOIR operates within a variety of settings across the country, most commonly in federal or leased buildings controlled by the General Services Administration and detention facilities operated by the Department of Homeland Security. All visitors to any building or facility in which an EOIR operation is located are required to comply with all relevant laws or policies governing access to those buildings or facilities. Individuals who do not comply with any relevant laws or policies may be denied access to or asked to leave the building or facility. Individuals seeking to visit any building or facility in which an EOIR operation is located are encouraged to contact the building or facility in advance to determine any relevant policies or laws related to entry.

The immigration court has put into place procedures to implement the guidance of public health officials. Please take note of the information below and be prepared to follow these and any additional instructions provided to you when you arrive for your hearing.

  • Face coverings are required in EOIR space at all times. As needed, those children younger than two years old and those individuals with medical conditions that prevent them from wearing such a face covering are exempt from this requirement.
  • To maintain appropriate social distancing and best facilitate hearings, you may be asked to move or leave a particular area.
  • Waiting times to enter the building and EOIR space may be significantly longer than usual. Make arrangements to arrive in advance of your hearing so you arrive to the courtroom on time.
  • Social distancing (maintaining a distance of six feet from those with whom you do not live) is required.
    • Please remember this while choosing to enter an elevator. Elevator wait times may be significantly longer than usual for this reason.
    • In EOIR space, staff or signs may direct you to a seat. If instructed to sit in a particular location, do not switch seats.
  • Please do not bring people with you into EOIR space unless they are required to be present for your hearing. Remember that the immigration court may limit entry.
COVID-19 Notice

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IMMIGRATION COURT STAFF

Immigration Judges:

Joy Lampley-Fortson, Assistant Chief Immigration Judge
Scott D. Criss
James J. Crofts
Randall W. Duncan
Sheila E. Gallow

Court Administrator:

Chris Miller


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IMMIGRATION COURT PROCEDURES

For information regarding procedures for practice before the immigration courts, please review the Immigration Court Practice Manual.


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HELPFUL LINKS


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Updated March 10, 2021

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