In January of this year the Department of Justice issued a new set of deportation case priorities and immigration court performance measures.

This past Friday, Director James McHenry establised performance metrics for immigration judges, which will be implemented as of October 1, 2018. All goals are measured annually, from October 1 to September 30. The goals set a 700 case per year quota, a remand rate (including BIA and Circuit Courts) of less than 15%, and establishment of the following "benchmarks":

Performance is deemed satisfactory when an immigration judge meets at least half of the applicable benchmarks.

- In 85% of non-status detained removal cases, no more than three days elapse from merits hearing to immigration judge case completion.
- In 85% of non-status, non-detained removal cases, no more than 10 days elapse from merits hearing to immigration judges case completion, unless
completion is prohibited by statute (e.g. a cap on grants of relief) or completion is delayed due to a need for completion of background checks.
- In 85% of motions matters, no more than 20 days elapse from immigration judge receipt of the motion to adjudication of the motion.
- In 90% of custody redetermination cases, case is completed on the initial scheduled custody redetermination hearing date unless DHS does not produce the alien on the hearing date.
- In 95% of all cases, individual merits hearing is completed on the initial scheduled hearing date, unless, if applicable, DHS does not produce the alien
on the hearing date.
- In 100% of credible fear and reasonable fear reviews, case is completed on the initial hearing date unless DHS does not produce the alien on the hearing date.

Performance is deemed unsatisfactory when case completions fall below 560 cases per year, or the Judge has a remand rate (including BIA and Circuit Courts) of greater than 20%, or the immigration judge’s performance includes one or more of the following unsatisfactory benchmarks:

- In greater than 35% of non-status detained removal cases, more than three days elapse from merits hearing to immigration judge case completion.
- In greater than 35% of non-status, non-detained removal cases, more than 10 days elapse from merits hearing to immigration judge case completion,
excepting cases where completion is prohibited by statute (e.g. a cap on grants of relief) or completion is delayed due to a need for completion of background checks.
- In greater than 35% of motions matters, more than 20 days elapse from immigration judge receipt of the motion to adjudication of the motion.
- In greater than 30% of custody redetermination cases, case is not completed on the initial scheduled custody redetermination hearing date excluding cases where DHS does not produce the alien on the hearing date.
- In greater than 25% of all cases, individual merits hearing is not completed on the initial scheduled hearing date, excluding cases where DHS does not
produce the alien on the hearing date.
- In greater than 20% of credible fear and reasonable reviews, case is not completed on the initial hearing date, excluding cases where DHS does not
produce the alien on the hearing date.

Click here to read the full EOIR performance plan.