James v. Lawerence et al
INITIAL ORDER for Pro Se Prisoner-Plaintiffs. Granting 1 Motion for Leave to Proceed In Forma Pauperis. Plaintiff must still pay the $350 filing fee. Monthly installments should be made to the Clerk of Court from Plaintiff's prison trust account. The Clerk of Court is directed to send a copy of this Order to the ADC Trust Fund Centralized Banking Office, the ADC Compliance Division, and the Warden/Director of the Craighead County Detention Facility. Signed by Magistrate Judge Beth Deere on 3/26/2014. (jak)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
BRIAN TERMAINE JAMES
CASE NO. 3:14-CV-00081 JLH/BD
LAWRENCE, et al.
INITIAL ORDER FOR PRO SE PRISONER-PLAINTIFFS
You have filed this federal civil rights lawsuit pro se, that is, without the help of a
lawyer. There are rules and procedures that you must follow in order to proceed with
your lawsuit, even though you are not a lawyer.
First: Follow All Court Rules. You must comply with the Federal Rules of Civil
Procedure as well as Local Rules for the Eastern District of Arkansas. Copies of
rules can be found in the prison library.
In particular, Local Rule 5.5(c)(2) explains requirements for plaintiffs, like you,
who are not represented by a lawyer:
You must promptly notify the Clerk and the other parties in the case
of any change in address. You must inform the court if you are
transferred from one unit to another. Notifying the court of your
change in address is especially important if you are released from
custody while your lawsuit is pending. If you do not keep the court
informed as to your current address, your lawsuit can be dismissed.
You must monitor the progress of your case and prosecute the case
You must sign all pleadings and other papers filed with the court,
and each paper you file must include your current address.
If any communication from the Court to a pro se plaintiff is not
responded to within thirty (30) days, the case may be dismissed,
Second: Pay the Filing Fee. Every civil case filed by a prisoner – including this
one – requires the plaintiff to pay a filing fee either at the beginning of the lawsuit
or, if he cannot afford to pay the entire fee in a lump sum, to apply to proceed in
forma pauperis (“IFP”). You have filed an application to proceed IFP and
submitted all necessary documents. Your IFP motion (docket entry #1),
therefore, is GRANTED. You will still pay the entire $350.00 filing fee, but the
fee will be collected in monthly installments from your prison account.
Based on balances in your prison trust account, the Court will not assess any part
of the fee at this time, but money will be withdrawn from your prison account in
monthly installments until the filing fee is paid in full, even if the lawsuit is
dismissed before trial.
Third: Provide Addresses for Service. All defendants must be served with the
complaint and a summons within 120 days of the filing of a complaint. This
includes “John/Jane Doe” defendants. Any defendant who is not served within
120 days can be dismissed, without prejudice, from the lawsuit. It is your
responsibility to identify and serve defendants, including “Doe” defendants.
Because you are proceeding IFP, the Court will order service of process on the
defendants, but you are responsible for providing valid service addresses. You
may send discovery requests, or use other means, to find valid service addresses
Fourth: No Right to Appointed Counsel. This is a civil case. Unlike criminal
cases, there is no right to have an appointed lawyer in a civil case. If your case
proceeds to a jury trial, however, a lawyer will be appointed to assist you before
Fifth: Do Not File Your Discovery Requests. Discovery requests, such as
interrogatories and requests for documents, are not to be filed with the court.
Instead, discovery requests should be sent to counsel for the defendant (or directly
to the defendant if he or she is not represented by a lawyer). No discovery should
be sent to a defendant until after that defendant has been served with the
Sixth: Do Not Send Documents to Court Except in Two Situations. You may
send documents or other evidence to the Court only if attached to a motion for
summary judgment or in response to a motion for summary judgment; or if the
court orders you to send documents or other evidence.
Seventh: Provide a Witness List. If your case is set for trial, as your trial date
approaches, you will be asked to provide a witness list. After reviewing the
witness list, the Court will subpoena necessary witnesses.
The Clerk of the Court is directed to send a copy of this Order to the Arkansas
Department of Correction Trust Fund Centralized Banking Office, P.O. Box 8908, Pine
Bluff, Arkansas 71611, the Arkansas Department of Correction Compliance Division,
P.O. Box 20550, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71612, and the Warden/Director of the Craighead
County Detention Facility, 901 Willett Road, Jonesboro, Arkansas 72401.
IT IS SO ORDERED, this 26th day of March, 2014.
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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