Looking into my crystal ball, here are some positive changes that I personally predict are coming to Boston's Immigration Court in 2009:
Boston gets a new Immigration Judge: It is anticipated that in 2009 Boston will have a new immigration judge. I will post more news on our new IJ as soon as her appointment is made official.
Boston will get a new Immigration Court rooms: The space on the 3rd floor of the JFK Federal building, formerly occupied by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), is being renovated as an additional Immigration Court room. An extra court room and a seventh Immigration Judge should help ease the Immigration Court's crushing docket of immigration cases.
Immigration Court in Boston goes high-tech: Boston deportation hearings in Immigration Court will be digitally recorded starting in 2009. This shift to digital recordings should make it easier for me as deportation defense attorney to obtain and review Immigration Court hearings.
As immigration agencies such as USCIS and ICE consider moves out of Boston, it's nice to see expansion plans for EOIR within the existing office at the JFK Federal Building. And these significant improvement should improve the functioning of the Immigration Court in Boston.