|(07 Feb 2011)
Despite the recent hiring of additional immigration judges, the number of cases awaiting resolution before the Immigration Courts has continued to grow.
At the end of December 2010 the backlog reached a new all time high of 267,752 matters, according to an analysis of very timely court data by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC). The case backlog grew 2.6 percent during the first quarter of FY 2011, and is now 44 percent higher than levels at the end of FY 2008. The average length of time cases have been waiting increased to 467 days, compared with 456 days at the end of September.
TRAC's latest report on the Immigration Courts can be viewed at this address:
Released with this special report is an update to TRAC's Immigration Court Caseload Tool, which provides a way to obtain case backlogs and waiting times in each state, court, and hearing location. This information is also available by nationality. For the Immigration Court Caseload Tool, go to:
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