This document offers statistical information regarding immigration court matters during the 2002 fiscal year (FY) of the Department of Justice. "An alien charged by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) with a violation of immigration law is issued a charging document. The most common charging documents are the Notice to Appear (NTA) and the Notice of Referral to Immigration Judge. When the charging document is filed by INS with the immigration court, jurisdiction over the case transfers from INS to the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), which has oversight over the 51 immigration courts located throughout the United States. Once an alien has been ordered removed by EOIR, INS carries out the removal; EOIR does not maintain statistics on alien removals from the United States. [...] For the purposes of this Year Book, the term immigration court matters includes proceedings (deportation, exclusion, removal, credible fear, claimed status, asylum only, and rescission), bond redeterminations, and motions. Receipts are defined as the total number of proceedings, bond redeterminations, and motions received by the immigration courts during the reporting period. Completions include immigration judge decisions on proceedings, bond redeterminations, and motions; other completions such as, administrative closings, changes of venue, etc. and terminations."
United States. Dept. of Justice. Executive Office for Immigration Review: http://www.justice.gov/eoir/