Lee v. Craighead County Sheriff's Department et al
INITIAL ORDER FOR PRO SE PRISONER-PLAINTIFFS. Plaintiff is directed to either pay the filing fee or file a motion to proceed in forma pauperis within thirty days of this order. An IFP Application is directed to be forwarded to the Plaintiff. Signed by Magistrate Judge Beth Deere on 7/1/2015. (jak)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
LADARIUS DEJUAN LEE
CASE NO. 3:15-CV-00171-BSM/BD
CRAIGHEAD COUNTY SHERIFF’S
DEPT., 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 jail 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 you fail to timely respond to a Court Order directing action on
your part, the case may be dismissed, without prejudice.
Second: Pay the Filing Fee. Every civil case filed by a prisoner – including this
one – requires the plaintiff to pay a filing fee. A $400 filing fee must be paid at
the beginning of the lawsuit unless the plaintiff cannot afford to pay the entire fee
at once. If you cannot afford to pay the filing fee in a lump sum, you may file an
application to proceed in forma pauperis (“IFP”). If you are granted IFP status,
the filing fee is $350.
Although you have filed a complaint, you have neither paid the filing fee nor
applied to proceed IFP. You must do one or the other within 30 days of this order.
Enclosed you will find an IFP application, along with a calculation sheet that must
be filled out and signed by the custodian of the jail where you are currently being
held. If you are granted IFP status, withdrawals will be made from your jail
account each month until the $350.00 is fully paid, even if the lawsuit is dismissed
Third: 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
Fourth: 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
Fifth: 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.
Sixth: 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.
IT IS SO ORDERED, this 1st day of July, 2015.
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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