Angel v. Craighead County Sheriff's Department
INITIAL ORDER FOR PRO SE PLAINTIFFS. Signed by Judge D. P. Marshall Jr. on 8/17/2016. (jak)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
MICAH ELIZABETH ANGEL
INITIAL ORDER FOR PRO SE PLAINTIFFS
You filed this federal civil rights lawsuit without a lawyer’s help.
Even though you’re not a lawyer, there are rules and procedures you
must follow in your lawsuit.
Follow All Court Rules.
You must comply with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the
Local Rules for the Eastern District of Arkansas. These rules are
available online at http://www.uscourts.gov/rules- policies/currentrules-practice-procedure and http://www.are.uscourts.
gov/court-info/local-rules- and-orders/local-rules. In particular, Local
Rule 5.5(c)(2) explains requirements for plaintiffs who aren’t represented
by a lawyer.
• If your address changes, you must promptly notify the Clerk
and the other parties in the case. If you don’t keep the Court
informed about your current address, your lawsuit can be
dismissed without prejudice.
• You must monitor the progress of your case and prosecute it
• You must sign all papers filed with the Court; and each paper
you file must include your current address.
• If the Court issues an Order directing you to do something by
a certain date, and you don’t, then your case may be
dismissed without prejudice.
No Right to Appointed Counsel.
This is a civil case. Unlike in a criminal case, you have no right to
an appointed lawyer. If your case goes to a jury trial, though, the Court
will appoint a lawyer to help you before trial.
Do Not File Your Discovery Requests.
Discovery requests—like interrogatories and requests for
documents—should not be filed with the Court. Instead, discovery
requests should be sent to the Defendant’s lawyer (or directly to the
Defendant if he or she isn’t represented by a lawyer). Don’t send any
discovery requests to a Defendant until after that Defendant has been
served with the complaint.
Only Send Documents to the Court in Three Situations.
You may send documents or other evidence to the Court only if (a)
they are attached to a motion for summary judgment, (b) they are
attached to your response to a motion for summary judgment, or (c) the
Court orders you to send documents or other evidence.
Provide a Witness List Before Trial.
If your case goes to trial, you’ll be asked for a witness list as your
trial date approaches. After reviewing the witness list, the Court will
subpoena necessary witnesses for you.
D.P. Marshall Jr.
United States District Judge
17 August 2016
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