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What is the best practice for a jurist presiding over a matter where immigration related issues may be present?

A general allocution should be adopted and used in all cases, to all parties at the litigant’s initial appearance, regardless of the known or suspected immigration status of the litigant. For example: I am not asking you whether or not you are a United States citizen, but if you are not, then you may wish to consider consulting with a lawyer to discuss whether this case presents any immigration-related or other type of consequence that you should be aware of before proceeding in this case. Do you understand this?

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