Frequently Asked Questions: New DOJ Regulations on Efficient Case and Docket Management in Immigration Proceedings

Last Updated

June 28, 2024

On May 29, 2024, the Department of Justice (DOJ) issued final regulations, effective July 29, 2024, codifying the ability of adjudicators within the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) to administratively close and terminate removal proceedings when certain standards are met. These final regulations followed a notice-and-comment period in which the administration solicited feedback from practitioners on the best standards for EOIR adjudicators (defined as Immigration Judges or members of the Board of Immigration Appeals (Board)) to use when considering motions for administrative closure and termination of proceedings. CLINIC was largely supportive of these changes, which represent a common-sense approach to docket management for the agency and have positive implications for noncitizens in removal proceedings.