Mose v. Riley et al (INMATE1)
ORDER granting 3 Application to Proceed Without Prepayment of Fees; that on or before 10/31/05 plaintiff shall forward to the clerk the sum of $4.71 as an initial partial filing fee; copies furnished to account clerk, intake; Filing Fee due by 10/31/2005. Signed by Judge Vanzetta P. McPherson on 10/13/05. (ajr, )
Mose v. Riley et al (INMATE1)
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IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF ALABAMA NORTH ERN DIVISION R O Y MOSE, #197649, Plaintiff, v. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) )
CI V I L ACTION NO. 2:05-CV-947-F [WO]
BO B RILEY, et al., Defendants.
O R D E R AND OPINION ON MOTION N O T I C E TO PRISONERS: Pursuant to the 1996 revisions to 28 U.S.C. § 1915, the requisite procedures for filing civil actions in form a pauperis have substantially changed. Additionally, in accordance with the provisions of the Consolidated
A p p r o p r i a ti o n s Act of 2005, the filing fee for civil actions has increased to $250. The a t t a c h e d notice contains an explanation of these changes. T h e plaintiff, a state inmate, filed an affidavit in support of a request for leave to p r o c e e d in forma pauperis before this court. See Court Doc. No. 3. In accordance with the p r o v i s io n s of 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1), a prisoner who seeks to proceed in forma pauperis in a civil action or on appeal is required to pay the full amount of the requisite filing fee. How ever, where an inmate lacks the funds necessary to pay the entire filing fee upon i n i ti a t io n of the civil action or appeal and has money available to him, the court shall assess and collect an initial partial filing fee. An inmate account clerk filed a certificate which indicates the balance in plaintiff's
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p r i s o n account at the time the instant complaint was filed and provides the court with i n f o rm a t i o n necessary to determine the average monthly balance of plaintiff's prison account a n d the average monthly deposits to such account for the six month period preceding the f i li n g of this complaint. A review of this information reveals that the plaintiff lacks the funds necessary to pay the $250.00 filing fee. The documents further establish that for the six mo nth period immediately preceding the filing of the instant complaint the average monthly b a l a n c e to plaintiff's prison account was $23.55. Such amount was greater than the average mo nthly deposits to plaintiff's account. Thus, in accordance with the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1)(B), the plaintiff is required to pay an initial partial filing fee of $4.71. Ac cord ingly, it is O R D E R E D that on or before October 31, 2005 the plaintiff shall forward to the Clerk o f this Court the sum of $4.71 as an initial partial filing fee. The plaintiff is hereby advised t h a t it is his responsibility to submit the appropriate paperwork to the prison account c l e r k for transmission of his funds to this court for payment of the initial partial filing f e e. If the funds have been dispersed from the plaintiff's prison account and are not now availa ble to him, the plaintiff must make arrangements for payment of the requisite filing fee. I n accordance with the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(2), it is hereby ORDERED that: 1. The plaintiff shall make monthly payments of 20 percent of each preceding month's inco me and/or funds credited to his account as payments towards the $250.00 filing fee.
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2 . Those persons having custody of the plaintiff shall forward the above described paym ents from the plaintiff's account to the clerk of this court each time the amount in the plain tiff's account exceeds $10.00 until the $250.00 filing fee is paid in full. Id. To aid the plaintiff and those persons having custody of the plaintiff in complying with the requirements of this order, the clerk is DIRECTED to furnish a copy of this order t o the account clerk at the Elmore Correctional Facility. It is further ORDERED that except to the extent that payment is required under this order the p l a i n ti f f' s motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis is hereby GRANTED. T h e plaintiff is cautioned that if he fails to pay the initial partial filing fee in c o m p l i a n c e with this order the M agistrate Judge will recommend that his case be dismissed a n d such dismissal will not be reconsidered unless exceptional circumstances exist. The plaintiff is advised that if he is unable to procure the initial partial filing fee within the tim e allowed by this court he must inform the court of such inability and request an e x t e n s io n of time within which to file the fee. The plaintiff is further advised that if this c a s e is dismissed for failure to pay the initial partial filing fee or for any other reason h e remains obligated to pay the $250.00 filing fee. The filing fee will be collected from a n y funds which become available to the plaintiff and will be forwarded to this court by those p e r s o n s having custody of the plaintiff pursuant to the directives contained in this order. M o r e o v e r , the plaintiff is hereby informed that notwithstanding payment of the initial
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p a r t i a l filing fee this court will dismiss this case prior to service of process if the court d e t e r m i n e s that the action is frivolous, malicious, fails to state a claim upon which relief m a y be granted, or seeks monetary relief from a defendant who is immune from such relief in accordance with the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B)(i), (ii) and (iii). A d d i t i o n a ll y , the plaintiff is advised that if he files a notice of appeal he will likewise b e required to pay the requisite appellate filing fee which is currently $255.00. Thus, if at t h e time the plaintiff files a notice of appeal he has the necessary funds to pay the $255.00 f i li n g fee, he must submit such amount to the court with the notice of appeal. If the requisite f u n d s are not available and the plaintiff seeks to proceed in forma pauperis on his appeal, he m u s t complete an affidavit in support of such request and supply the court with a certified c o p y of his prison account statement for the 6-month period preceding the filing of the appe al. However, the plaintiff is informed that regardless of this court's determination on his in forma pauperis motion the entire appellate filing fee will be collected from those persons h a v i n g custody of him from funds available in his prison account in a manner similar to that out lined in this order. Done this 13th day of October, 2005.
/ s / Vanzetta Penn McPherson U N I TE D STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Document 4 NOTICE
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I N FO R M A T IO N TO PRISONERS SEEKING LEAVE TO PROCEED IN FORMA PAUPERIS PURSUANT TO 28 U.S.C. § 1915 I N CIVIL ACTIONS BEFORE ANY FEDERAL COURT
In accordance with 1996 amendments to the in forma pauperis (IFP) statute governing civil actions in federal court, as a prisoner you will be obligated to pay the full filing fee of $250.00 for a civil action. If you later file an appeal, the filing fee for the appeal is $255.00 and you will likewise be responsible for payment of such fee. Thus, if at the time you file your action you have the funds available to pay the requisite filing fee, you must send such amount to the court with your complaint or notice of appeal and, if appropriate, your IFP application. If you do not have enough money to pay the full filing fee when your action is filed, you can file the action without prepayment of the filing fee. However, the court will assess and, when funds exist, collect an initial partial filing fee. The initial partial filing fee will be equal to 20 percent of the average monthly deposits to your prison or jail account for the six months immediately preceding the filing of the lawsuit, or 20 percent of the average monthly balance in your prison or jail account for that same six month period, whichever is greater. The court will order that you make the initial partial filing fee out of your prison or jail account or any other funds you have indicated are available to you. If you fail to submit the initial partial filing fee, your case will be dismissed and the full amount of the filing fee will be collected from those persons having custody of you. After the initial partial filing fee has been paid, you will be responsible for paying the balance of the filing fee. To fulfill your obligation for payment of the full filing fee, each month you will owe 20 percent of your preceding month's income toward the balance on the filing fee. Pursuant to an order of the court, the agency that has custody of you will collect that money and send payments to the court any time the amount in the account exceeds $10.00. You are advised that the balance of the filing fee will be collected even if the action is subsequently dismissed for any reason, summary judgment is granted against you, or you fail to prevail at trial. In order to proceed with an action or appeal in forma pauperis you must complete the affidavit in support of your request to proceed in forma pauperis and supply the court with a certified copy of your prisoner account statement for the 6-month period preceding the filing of the complaint or notice of appeal and return it to the court with your cause of action. If you submit an incomplete form or do not submit a prison or jail account statement with the form, your request to proceed in forma pauperis will be denied. Regardless of whether some or all of the filing fee has been paid, the court is required to screen your complaint and to dismiss the complaint if (1) your allegation of poverty is untrue; (2) the action is frivolous or malicious; (3) your complaint does not state a claim on which relief can be granted; or (4) you sue a defendant for money damages and that defendant is immune from liability for money damages. If on three or more occasions you have filed actions or appeals while a prisoner which were dismissed as frivolous or malicious or for failure to state a claim on which relief can be granted, then you will be prohibited from bringing any other actions in forma pauperis unless you are in imminent danger of serious physical injury. In such cases, your request to proceed in forma pauperis will be denied and you will be required to pay the appropriate filing fee before proceeding in your civil action.
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