San Diego Immigration Court


COURT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Dedicated Docket (July 19, 2021): The San Diego Immigration Court is one of the courts with a Dedicated Docket announced on May 28, 2021. For cases assigned to this Docket, immigration judges will work to issue a decision within 300 days of the initial master calendar hearing. Families may qualify if they are apprehended between ports of entry on or after Friday, May 28, 2021, placed in removal proceedings, and enrolled in Alternatives to Detention (ATD). 

Open Voice and Webex Information and Webex Instructions

Notice (Monday, June 22, 2020): EOIR to Relocate the San Diego Immigration Court (PDF)

Notice:  Public Health

About the Court

The San Diego 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.

Address:

880 Front Street, Suite 4240
San Diego, CA 92101

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

Hours:

Public Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Phone:

619-510-4500

The immigration court does not accept faxes or other electronic submissions unless the transmission has been specifically requested by the immigration court staff or the immigration judge. Unauthorized transmissions are not made part of the record and are discarded without consideration of the document or notice to the sender.

Parking/Transit: There is no parking available in the building for the general public. Metered street parking is nearby. Commercial parking lots are within walking distance to the building. Public transportation is available via the Metropolitan Transit System. The nearest taxi stand is located across the street from the building.

Building Access and Security Screening Process: Building is open to the public from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors must undergo an electronic security screening process located on the first floor of the Edward J. Schwartz Federal Building. ADA access is available at the main entrance.

PUBLIC HEALTH

Public Health Practices 

Consistent with public health officials’ guidance, EOIR has implemented practices to help to protect all people working in and visiting EOIR spaces throughout the country. Please see the agency’s Public Health Notice for more information.

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.

  • Be prepared – have a mask available. Face coverings may be required in the courtroom if directed by the presiding immigration judge. As necessary and when appropriate, individuals with medical conditions that prevent them from wearing a face covering should alert the judge to their situation.
  • 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.

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IMMIGRATION COURT STAFF:

Immigration Judges:

Daniel J. Daugherty , Assistant Chief Immigration Judge (Acting)
Olga Attia Philip S. Law
Rico J. Bartolomei Lee O'Connor
James DeVitto Scott Simpson
Guy G. Grande  
Catherine E. Halliday-Roberts  

Court Administrator:

Glenda Viray


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IMMIGRATION COURT PROCEDURES:

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


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HELPFUL LINKS AND INFORMATION


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Updated September 12, 2022

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