Zemmons v. Burl et al
ORDER re 2 Complaint filed by Donnell Zemmons. Plaintiff must file either the $350 statutory filing fee or an application to proceed ifp within 30 days of the date of this Order. The Clerk is directed to send to plaintiff an ifp application, together with the filing fee calculation sheet. Plaintiff's motion to appoint counsel is denied without prejudice at this time. Signed by Magistrate Judge Jerome T. Kearney on 2/27/13. (kpr)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
DANNY BURL, et al.
Plaintiff Donnell Zemmons is a state inmate who filed a Complaint (Doc. No. 2) pursuant
to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, without prepayment of the $350.00 filing fee and costs, or a Motion to Proceed
In Forma Pauperis (IFP).
Under the Prison Litigation Reform Act (“PLRA”), a prisoner who is permitted to file a civil
action in forma pauperis still must pay the full statutory filing fee of $350. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1).
The only question is whether a prisoner will pay the entire filing fee at the initiation of the
proceeding or in installments over a period of time. Ashley v. Dilworth, 147 F.3d 715, 716 (8th Cir.
1998). Even if a prisoner is without assets and unable to pay an initial filing fee, he will be allowed
to proceed with his § 1983 claims and the filing fee will be collected by the Court in installments
from the prisoner’s inmate trust account. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(4). If the prisoner’s case is
subsequently dismissed for any reason, including a determination that it is frivolous,
malicious, fails to state a claim, or seeks monetary relief against a defendant who is immune
from such relief, the full amount of the $350 filing fee will be collected and no portion of this
filing fee will be refunded to the prisoner.
The PLRA requires a Plaintiff to submit a proper and complete Motion to Proceed In Forma
Pauperis, along with calculation sheet prepared and signed by an authorized officer of the detention
Plaintiff must submit, within thirty (30) days from entry of this Order, either: (1) the
statutory filing fee of $350; or (2) a proper and complete IFP Motion, with the required calculation
sheet signed by an authorized official of the detention center at which he is confined.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Plaintiff must submit either the $350 statutory filing
fee or an In Forma Pauperis Motion within thirty days of the entry date of this Order.1
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Motion to Appoint Counsel (Doc. No. 3) is
DENIED without prejudice at this time.2
The Clerk is directed to send to Plaintiff an In Forma Pauperis Motion, together with the
filing fee calculation sheet.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 27th day of February, 2013.
JEROME T. KEARNEY
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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
While a pro se litigant has no statutory or constitutional right to appointed counsel in a civil
case, Stevens v. Redwing, 146 F.3d 538, 546 (8th Cir. 1998), the Court may, in its discretion,
appoint counsel for non-frivolous claims where “the nature of the litigation is such that plaintiff as
well as the court will benefit from the assistance of counsel.” Johnson v. Williams, 788 F.2d 1319,
1322 (8th Cir. 1986). In evaluating Plaintiff’s request, the Court considered four factors: (1) the
factual and legal complexity of the case; (2) the plaintiff's ability to investigate the facts; (3) the
presence or absence of conflicting testimony; and (4) the plaintiff's ability to present his claims. Id.
Having considered the above factors, the Court finds that Plaintiff’s motion should be denied
at this time. Plaintiff’s claims are not legally or factually complex, and the record demonstrates
Plaintiff is capable of proceeding without the benefit of appointed counsel.
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