Los Angeles Immigration Court: Information Guide

Los Angeles Immigration Court Overview

The Los Angeles Immigration Court in Los Angeles, California handles the deportation cases of non-American citizens in South and Central California.
California has 10 immigration courts and the Los Angeles Immigration Court has 26 judges.

The Court does not only hearse cases in person but also from people who are in jails in Los Angeles and some of the nearby counties including:

  • Los Angeles County Central Jail
  • Los Angeles Juvenile
  • San Pedro – SP1
  • Los Angeles, California Center
  • San Pedro
  • Terminal Island Federal Correctional Inst.

In this guide, you will find everything you need to know about the Immigration Court in Los Angeles including its location, phone number, judges, asylum cases, processing time, and other useful information.

Los Angeles Immigration Court Contact Information

Address

The Los Angeles Immigration Courts are located at:

606 S. Olive Street
15th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90014
213-894-2811

Phone number

213-894-2811

Notice that the previous phone number should be used to contact court clerks and the legal assistants of immigration judges. The court also does not accept faxes of any electronic submissions unless the ones ordered by one of the courts’ staff and judges.

If you want to know more information about how to check your immigration case status or immigration court date, check out page from here.

Hours

Window Filing Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Phone Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Getting to the Los Angeles Immigration Court

Los Angeles Immigration Court

To reach the Immigration Court in Los Angeles, you can take the Harbor Fwy. Follow I-110 N to W 9th St/James M Wood Blvd. Take the 4th st/9th St/3rd St/6th St exit from CA-110. Continue on W 9th St. Drive to S Olive St. The Immigration Court is located at 606 S Olive St.

What the court looks like

From the front, the Los Angeles court looks like this:

The Los Angeles Immigration Court

The back of the court building looks like this:

Los Angeles Immigration Court

Immigration Judges in Los Angeles

Currently, 26 judges are working in the Immigration Court in Los Angeles with judge Rodin Rooyani acting as the Assistant Chief Immigration Judge.

Judges

  • Janette L. Allen
  • Scott D. Laurent
  • Joyce Bakke Varzandeh
  • Edward F. Lee
  • Ira Bank
  • Daniel H. Malvin
  • Audra Behne
  • Nancy E. Miller
  • Hye Y. Chon
  • Jeannette Lim Park
  • Philip Costa
  • Sebastian T. Patti
  • Jankhana Desai
  • Rachel Ann Ruane
  • Timothy Everett
  • Andrea M. Siebert
  • Leon J. Francis
  • Anita L. Simons
  • Andrea H. Hong
  • Christine E. Stancill
  • Jaime Jasso
  • Gita Vahid-Tehrani
  • Carlos R. Juelle
  • Veronica S. Villegas
  • Jan D. Latimore
  • Bridget Virchis

Judge Hye Y. Chon has the highest asylum denial rate (93.5%) and the lowest grant rate (6.5%), and Judge Rachel Ann Ruane has the second-highest denial rate (91.5%) and the second-lowest grant rate (8.5%). On the other hand, Judge Veronica S. Villegas has the highest grant rate (64.2%) and lowest asylum denial rate (35.8%)

Getting a Bond at the Los Angeles Immigration Court

Currently, there is no immigration bond form available online for the Immigration Court in Los Angeles.

From 2001 to 2021, the Los Angeles Immigration Court has heard 8,709 bond hearing cases. It has granted 4,512 of them but denied 4,197 cases, which means that the court has a denial rate of 48.1%.

Statistically speaking, Mexico comes in 1st place with 4,908 cases over the last 20 years. 2,533 of them were granted while 2,375 were not.
El Salvador comes in 2nd place with 830 cases over the last 20 years.

Asylum Decisions in Los Angeles

Asylum Denial Rates in Los Angeles

In the past 20 years, the Los Angeles Immigration Court has heard 52,396 asylum cases. 42,936 of them were represented while 9,460 were not.

Out of the represented cases, 24,485 asylum cases were denied while 18,451 were granted. In other words, the court has denied 57% of the represented cases.

This rate is considered moderately fair when compared to other immigration courts such as the El Paso Immigration Court and the San Antonio Immigration Court.

Nationalities

China comes in the first place regarding asylum cases in Los Angeles with total cases of 11,812 over the last 20 years. El Salvador comes in second place with 8,052 cases and Guatemala comes in third place with 5,855 cases.

Backlog and Wait Time in Los Angeles

Currently, there are 46,576 pending cases before the Los Angeles Immigration Court. It is the second-highest pending cases number in California after the San Francisco Immigration Court. Therefore, this court has a very high backlog compared to all the other courts in California, except San Francisco.

The average waiting time to resolve a single case before the Los Angeles Immigration Court is 1,221 days, which is the second-highest after the Santa Ana Immigration Court (1,228 days).

In other words, it is the second slowest immigration court in California after the Santa Ana Immigration Court.

Free Lawyers for the Los Angeles Immigration Court

10 legal organizations are allowed to provide non-citizens with free legal services before the Los Angeles Immigration Court. For most people, hiring a free lawyer is beneficial. However, it can have some disadvantages.

If you want to get the best legal help with your immigration case, visit our Immigration Court Page.

Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Inc. Main Office

Catholic Charities of Los Angeles

1530 James M Wood Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90015

Tel: (213) 251-3505

Fax: (213) 487-0986

www.esperanza-la.org

  • Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:30pm
  • Serving counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Kern, & Santa Barbara
  • Assist in various forms of immigration relief, victims of crime
  • Reduced fee, nominal fee, or pro bono depending on need and grant availability
  • Languages: Spanish or interpreter services
  • Families on dedicated dockets may call or text Catholic Charities of Los Angeles at 323-362-2767 for free information about the immigration court process, possible legal options, and how to find

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA)

1550 West 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017

5228 Whittier Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90022

601 Pacific Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802

1640 5th Street, Suite 124
Santa Monica, CA 90401

7000 S. Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90003

Tel: (800) 399-4529
Fax: (213) 640-3850

www.lafla.org

  • Respondents must reside in Los Angeles County
  • Respondents must be low-income
  • Languages: Chinese (Cantonese & Mandarin), Farsi, Khmer, Korean, Russian, Spanish, & Vietnamese
  • Interpretation for additional languages available upon request

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