Smith v. Does et al
ORDER allowing Plaintiff one final opportunity in which to submit either the $402 statutory filing fee or a completed in forma pauperis application, with the required calculation sheet. The Clerk shall send to Plaintiff an in forma pauperis appl ication and calculation sheet. The Clerk also shall forward a copy of this Order to the Administrator of the Poinsett County Detention Facility. Service is not appropriate at this time. Signed by Magistrate Judge Jerome T. Kearney on 4/27/2021. (jak)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
DOES, et al.
By Order dated March 23, 2021, this Court denied Plaintiff’s Motion to Proceed In Forma
Pauperis, based on her failure to include the necessary financial information in support of the
Motion, and provided her thirty days in which to submit the information. (Doc. No. 5).1
has filed a response to that Order, stating she does not have any money in her inmate account.
(Doc. No. 6) However, this response is insufficient to support an in forma pauperis motion, as the
Court explained in the March 23, 2021 Order.
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 $350 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.
28 U.S.C. § 1915A.
If the case is dismissed for any of these reasons, there is no provision in
Effective December 1, 2020, the civil filing fee increased to $402, due to the implementation of
a $52 administrative fee. This $52 fee does not, however, apply to plaintiffs who are granted in forma
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 $350 filing fee will be paid,
the prisoner is required to submit a calculation sheet prepared and signed by an authorized
official of the incarcerating facility. This calculation sheet reflects the deposits and monthly
balances in the inmate=s 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 Ahas
no assets and no means by which to pay the initial partial filing fee.@ 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(4).
The Court also reminds the prison officials that the PLRA requires their compliance
by completing and signing the appropriate financial forms submitted by inmates who file §
IT IS, THEREFORE, ORDERED that
Plaintiff shall have one final opportunity in which to submit either the $402
statutory filing fee or a completed 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
The Clerk shall send to Plaintiff an in forma pauperis application and calculation
The Clerk also shall forward a copy of this Order to the Administrator of the
Plaintiff is hereby notified of her 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.”
Poinsett County Detention Facility, 1500 Justice Drive, Harrisburg, Arkansas 72432.
Service is not appropriate at this time.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 27th day of April, 2021.
JEROME T. KEARNEY
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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