The federal government can remedy its failure to provide the time and place of a deportation hearing in its initial notice to an immigrant by sending a subsequent notification, a divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday in advancing three deportations.

In its 5-4 decision, the high court held the Immigration and Nationality Act’s requirement that the initial “notice to appear” contains the time and place of the hearing is not absolute. The majority stated that a subsequent INA provision enabling the government to provide a supplementary notice stating “the new time or place for the proceedings” excuses an initial failure to give the time and place.