Information about Immigration Court in Los Angeles

Many of you may be receiving notices for Court. Here is some information about the Immigration Court in Los Angeles.

For people detained in Los Angeles area, there are courts in Adelanto located at 12500 Rancho Rd. Adelanto, Ca 92301.  Also, for people detained in the Orange County Facilities: (Theo Lacy 501 The City Drive. Orange, CA and Musick Detention Center in Irvine), the courthouse is at the main Immigration Building located at 300 North Los Angeles St. 4th Floor Los Angeles, CA 90012.  For the clerk’s office, you can take the right elevator to the 4th floor.  The courtrooms are on the 4th and 8th floors.

For people that are not detained, the Court is in Los Angeles at 606 S. Olive St. Los Angeles, CA 90014.

There are about 25 court rooms at the moment and court rooms are constantly changing.  If you have any trouble finding a courtroom or information about your case, you can go to the clerk’s office on the 15th Floor.  Some of the clerk’s speak Spanish and can assist you.

The Courtrooms are on several different floors of the building.

Courtrooms A, B,C, D,E,F, and G are on the 14th Floor.  For these courtrooms you take the elevators on the right.

Courtrooms H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, and P are on the 16th Floor. For these courtrooms you take the elevators on the right.

Courtrooms Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y are on the 17th Floor. For these courtrooms you take the elevators on the right.

Courtroom Z is on the 18th Floor.  For this courtroom you take the elevators on the right.

Courtrooms 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 are on the 5th Floor.  For these courtrooms you take the elevator on the left to the fifth floor.

If you have court for the first time, it is important that you arrive early at least one hour before court if possible so that you give yourself time to find your way around. In the morning, the building will open up at 7:30, so you will commonly see a line that may take up to half an hour to get into the building.  You will ask pass a security inspection on each floor of the court rooms that will also take time.  Please don’t bring food, drinks, knives. As well, you may want to wear clothing that can easily pass through metal detectors.  If you wear belts, boots, jewelry, these are things that will cause more delay as you will have to remove items.

Once passed the security, find your courtroom.  If you have an attorney, wait inside until your attorney appears and checks in for you. If you don’t have an attorney, sit inside and the Judge’s clerk will ask you for your name and A number.  Sit patiently and wait till they call you.

On the first court if you don’t have an attorney, the Judge will generally give you an advisal of your rights in these proceedings and give you time and an opportunity to find an attorney.  Usually you will get another hearing for several months.  However, it is very important that you be aware that if you are some who recently arrived to this country, that you only have 1 year from the day you entered the country to file your application for asylum.  If you wait to hire an attorney, and you pass one year being here, your case could become significantly more difficult.  For this reason, it is very important that you speak with an attorney as soon as you can even before you get your court date.