Flowers v. Montgomery City Jail et al (INMATE1)

Filing 4

ORDER directing payment of filing fee of $350.00 be paid on or before 7/9/2007; granting 2 Affidavit for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis except to the extent payment is required under this order. Copies mailed to plaintiff and account clerk @ Autauga Metro Jail. Signed by Judge Charles S. Coody on 6/22/2007. (cc, )

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Flowers v. Montgomery City Jail et al (INMATE1) Doc. 4 Case 2:07-cv-00553-WHA-CSC Document 4 Filed 06/22/2007 Page 1 of 4 IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF ALABAMA NORTHERN DIVISION CALVIN FLOWERS, Plaintiff, v. MONTGOMERY CITY JAIL, et al., Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) CIVIL ACTION NO. 2:07-CV-553-WHA ) [WO] ) ) ) ) ORDER ON MOTION NOTICE TO PRISONERS: Pursuant to the 1996 revisions to 28 U.S.C. 1915, the requisite procedures for filing civil actions in forma pauperis have substantially changed. Additionally, in accordance with the provisions of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, the filing fee for civil actions has increased to $350. The attached notice contains an explanation of these changes. The information provided by the plaintiff in his application to proceed without prepayment of fees indicates that he receives income of $2300 per month despite his incarceration and has $7000 available to him in either cash or on account in a financial institution. Thus, in accordance with the provisions of 28 U.S.C. 1915(b)(1) the plaintiff is required to pay the $350.00 filing fee. Accordingly, it is hereby ORDERED that on or before July 9, 2007 the plaintiff shall forward to the Clerk of this Court the $350.00 filing fee. It is further Dockets.Justia.com Case 2:07-cv-00553-WHA-CSC Document 4 Filed 06/22/2007 Page 2 of 4 ORDERED that except to the extent that payment is required under this order the plaintiff's motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis is hereby GRANTED. The plaintiff is cautioned that if he fails to comply with this order the Magistrate Judge will recommend that his case be dismissed. The plaintiff is advised that if this case is dismissed for his failure to pay the filing fee or for any other reason he remains obligated to pay the $350.00 filing fee. The filing fee will be collected from any funds which become available to the plaintiff and will be forwarded to this court by those persons having custody of the plaintiff pursuant to a subsequent order of this court. Moreover, the plaintiff is hereby informed that notwithstanding payment of the filing fee this court will dismiss this case prior to service of process if the court determines that the action is frivolous, malicious, fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, or seeks monetary relief from a defendant who is immune from such relief. See 42 U.S.C. 1997e(c). Additionally, the plaintiff is advised that if he files a notice of appeal he will likewise be required to pay the requisite appellate filing fee which is currently $455.00. Thus, if at the time the plaintiff files a notice of appeal he has the necessary funds to pay the $455.00 filing fee, he must submit such amount to the court with the notice of appeal. If the requisite funds are not available and the plaintiff seeks to proceed in forma pauperis on his appeal, he must complete an affidavit in support of such request and supply the court with a certified copy of his prison account statement for the 6-month period preceding the filing of the 2 Case 2:07-cv-00553-WHA-CSC Document 4 Filed 06/22/2007 Page 3 of 4 appeal. 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 having custody of him from funds available in his prison account. The plaintiff is advised that it is his responsibility to submit the appropriate paperwork to the prison account clerk for transmission of his funds to this court for payment of the filing fee. Done this 22nd day of June, 2007. /s/ Charles S. Coody CHARLES S. COODY CHIEF UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 3 Case 2:07-cv-00553-WHA-CSC DocumentE NOTIC 4 Filed 06/22/2007 Page 4 of 4 INFORMATION TO PRISONERS SEEKING LEAVE TO PROCEED IN FORMA PAUPERIS PURSUANT TO 28 U.S.C. 1915 IN 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 $350.00 for a civil action. If you later file an appeal, the filing fee for the appeal is $455.00 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. 4

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