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Many people know little about how immigration courts function

One of the reasons that so much time elapses between immigration hearings and deportation proceedings in the United States is because there's a backlog of nearly three-quarters of a million cases.

It also takes a long time because there are a whole host of separate laws and rules that apply to the independent immigration judiciary that don't apply to civil or criminal courts. Much of what happens in immigration court isn't widely known by the public.

Unlike the civil and criminal courts, dockets in immigration cases aren't readily available online. Instead, anyone who wants to learn more about the status of a case must physically visit the immigration court and search for a case among the paper records.

When searching for case records, it's also difficult to be able to find a listing of charges that an individual is facing. One of the reasons for this is that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) doesn't generally publicly release immigrant's names.

Only once an immigrant is taken into custody does a file get created with their name and the country that they're from. The file doesn't contain any listing charges against them.

Immigration proceedings are open to the public. However, cameras are rarely allowed to film what happens in them.

Unlike in the criminal court system, immigrants are not afforded any right to a public defender. They can, however, hire their own attorneys to represent them at such hearings if they have the means to do so.

The time that an individual spends awaiting a decision in their deportation or removal case can seem like it takes forever. A Georgia immigration law attorney can advise you about your rights.

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