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1.1 - Scope of Part II: The Office of the Chief Immigration Judge

(a) Authority

As noted in Part 1, Chapter 1.1(a), the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) is charged with administering the immigration courts nationwide.  In 2006, the Attorney General directed EOIR to issue a practice manual for the parties who appear in immigration court. The EOIR Policy Manual, Part II: Office of the Chief Immigration Judge, documents those practices.

(b) Purpose

This part of the manual is provided for the information and convenience of the general public and for parties that appear before the immigration courts.  Part II describes procedures, requirements, and recommendations for practice before the immigration courts.  The requirements set forth in this Manual are binding on the parties who appear before the immigration courts, unless the Immigration Judge directs otherwise in a particular case.

(c) Disclaimer

This manual is not intended, nor should it be construed in any way, as legal advice.  The manual does not extend or limit the jurisdiction of the immigration courts as established by law and regulation.  Nothing in this manual shall limit the discretion of Immigration Judges to act in accordance with law and regulation.

(d) Revisions

The Office of the Chief Immigration Judge reserves the right to amend, suspend, or revoke the text of Part II at any time at its discretion.  For information on how to obtain the most current version of this manual, see Chapter 13.3 (Updates to the Practice Manual). For information on how to provide comments regarding this manual, see Chapter 13.4 (Public Input).