Immigration Court E-Filing Mandate Sparks Guarded Optimism

By Mike LaSusa (February 10, 2022, 7:50 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review will require new immigration court filings to be made electronically starting Friday, marking a change welcomed by many practitioners even as they expect the rollout to come with some hiccups.

Attorneys who represent immigrants told Law360 that the move to mandatory e-filing via the EOIR Courts & Appeals System, or ECAS, could help the heavily backlogged immigration courts operate more efficiently.

But they also said they weren't entirely sure which cases will be eligible for e-filing, and some expressed concern that technical glitches and limitations might undermine the effectiveness of the system....

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