Stafford v. Brown et al

Filing 2

ORDER directing plaintiff to submit the $250 filing fee or an in forma pauperis application with required calculation sheet within 30 days of the entry date of this Order; Clerk is directed to send ifp application to plaintiff. Signed by Judge H. David Young on 8/11/05. (bkp, )

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Stafford v. Brown et al Doc. 2 Case 2:05-cv-00178-SWW Document 2 Filed 08/11/2005 Page 1 of 2 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS HELENA DIVISION JOSEPH STAFFORD, REG. #10454-042 v. GWEN BROWN, et al. ORDER Plaintiff is a federal prisoner who has not filed a proper Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis in order to commence a pro se Bivens civil rights action without prepayment of the $250.00 filing fee and costs.1 According to the Prison Litigation Reform Act (PLRA), a prisoner who is allowed to file a civil action in forma pauperis still must pay the full amount of the $250 filing fee. See 28 U.S.C. 1915(b)(1). Furthermore, before docketing the complaint or, as soon thereafter as practicable, the Court must review the complaint to identify cognizable claims or dismiss the complaint if it: (1) is frivolous or malicious; (2) fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted; or (3) seeks monetary relief against a defendant who is immune from such relief. See 28 U.S.C. 1915A. If the case is dismissed for any of these reasons, there is no provision in the Act for a refund of any portion of the filing fee to the prisoner. Under the Act, in order for the Court to determine how the $250 filing fee will be paid, the prisoner is required to submit a calculation sheet prepared and executed by an authorized official of the incarcerating facility. This calculation sheet reflects the deposits and monthly balances in the inmate's 2:05CV00178HDY DEFENDANTS PLAINTIFF 1 Effective February 7, 2005, the statutory fee for filing civil complaints increased to $250.00. Case 2:05-cv-00178-SWW Document 2 Filed 08/11/2005 Page 2 of 2 trust account at the facility during the six-month period immediately preceding the filing of the complaint. See 28 U.S.C. 1915(a)(2). However, the Act also provides that in no event shall a prisoner be prohibited from bringing a civil action because he "has no assets and no means by which to pay the initial partial filing fee." 28 U.S.C. 1915(b)(3). IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED THAT Plaintiff must submit either the $250 statutory filing fee or an in forma pauperis application, with the required calculation sheet signed by an authorized official of the prison, within thirty (30) days of the entry date of this Order.2 The Clerk is directed to send to Plaintiff an in forma pauperis application and calculation sheet. DATED this ___11___ day of __August_____________, 2005. ___________________________________ UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 2 The Plaintiff is hereby notified of his responsibility to comply with the Local Rules of the Court, including Rule 5.5(c)(2), which states: ". . . If any communication from the Court to a pro se plaintiff is not responded to within thirty (30) days, the case may be dismissed without prejudice. Any party proceeding pro se shall be expected to be familiar with and follow the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure."

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