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Located on the grounds of the York County Prison, the York Immigration Court hears matters of removal, asylum, and other immigration-related issues – often for people already detained in the York County jail. Located approximately two hours west of Philadelphia, the York Immigration Court is one of only two Immigration Courts in Pennsylvania.
If you or a loved one faces any matter before the York Immigration Court, it is in your best interests to immediately contact an attorney for assistance. It is important not to let crucial deadlines or court hearings pass without full representation. At Skinner Law Firm, we represent clients before the York Immigration Court on all Immigration matters. Contact a York Immigration Court lawyer at (610) 436-1410 to schedule a consultation.
The York Immigration Court is unusual in that it is a part of the accompanying prison. In total, there are three courtrooms: The first courtroom is located outside the prison but on the facility grounds. The remaining two courtrooms are actually located inside the prison.
Because the Immigration Court is part of the prison, there are very strict rules and procedures that apply. For instance, no cell phones or recording devices are allowed on the prison grounds. If attending a hearing, you should be prepared to leave these items in your vehicle or at home. Additionally, children younger than 13 are not allowed in the prison and must remain in the lobby if attending a hearing inside one of the prison courtrooms.
If going to a hearing at the York Immigration Court, it is important to arrive early, as security screenings are thorough and can be time-consuming. The address to the York Immigration Court is below:York Immigration Court
Many people with matters before the York Immigration Court are detainees, usually already detained in the York County Prison. A person in detention is at a disadvantage since they have limited resources and contact with friends and family. Individuals in this situation are likely to lose their job, housing, or fall behind on bills. In addition, detained individual may have a more difficult time participating in the preparation for his or her hearing.
The Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) will set a bond so that individuals may be released until his or her hearing. However, it is important to note that DHS may set no bond at all, whether by discretion or by law.
If a detainee is otherwise eligible, an attorney can request a bond hearing before the York Immigration Court. At the hearing, a lawyer can present evidence to the Judge to have the bond reduced. An attorney may also present evidence that his client is not a flight risk or a threat to the public or national security and therefore should have no bond set.
Children are not detained in the York County Prison. Instead, children are detained at a separate facility at the Berks County Youth Detention Center. Hearings in these matters are typically held via video or at the youth center itself.
If your child has a matter before the York Immigration Court or at the Berks County Youth Center, it is important that he or she be represented by an attorney. If unrepresented and unfamiliar with the immigration process, he or she could ultimately be deported back to his or her country of origin.
If you or a loved one has a matter before the York Immigration Court, the ability to remain in the United States (or later be allowed to return legally) could hinge upon the Court’s discretion. Don’t try to handle immigration matters alone. The consequences can be perilous. Have an experienced advocate fight for you. At Skinner Law Firm, our York Immigration Court lawyers represent clients (including detainees) before all Immigration Courts. Call (610) 436-1410 to schedule a consultation.