Smith v. Adams et al
ORDER denying, without prejudice, 6 Affidavit filed by Anthony Smith. Plaintiff shall submit either the $350 statutory filing fee or a completed ifp application, with the required calculation sheet signed by an authorized official of the prison, within 15 days of the entry date of this Order. The Clerk is directed to send to plaintiff an ifp application and calculation sheet. Signed by Magistrate Judge Jerome T. Kearney on 3/4/13. (kpr)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
TIMOTHY ADAMS, et al.
Plaintiff Smith is an inmate who filed an Affidavit to Proceed In Forma Pauperis in this pro
se civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983, without prepayment of the $350.00 filing fees
and costs (Doc. No. 6). However, his Affidavit will be denied because Plaintiff has not included
the necessary financial information in support.
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. See 28
U.S.C. § 1915A. If the case is dismissed for any of these reasons, there is no provision in 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 “has no assets and no means by which to pay the initial partial filing fee.” 28 U.S.C. §
IT IS, THEREFORE, ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Affidavit to Proceed In Forma Pauperis
(Doc. No. 6) is DENIED without prejudice.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff shall submit either the $350 statutory filing fee
or a completed in forma pauperis application, with the required calculation sheet signed by an
authorized official of the prison, within fifteen (15) days of the entry date of this Order.1
The Clerk is directed to send to Plaintiff an in forma pauperis application and calculation
IT IS SO ORDERED this 4th day of March, 2013.
JEROME T. KEARNEY
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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 Civil
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