Smith et al v. Barnes
ORDER directing plaintiffs to submit either the $350 statutory filing fee or ifp applications within 30 days of the entry of the Order; and directing the Clerk to send to plaintiffs ifp applications, together with the filing fee calculation sheet. Signed by Magistrate Judge Henry L. Jones, Jr on 10/19/09. (bkp)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS PINE BLUFF DIVISION DENNIS JAMES SMITH, SR., ADC #120631, et al. v. GEORGE EDWARD BARNES ORDER Plaintiff Dennis James Smith, Sr. is a prisoner who has not filed an Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis in order to commence a pro se civil rights action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 without prepayment of the $350.00 filing fee and costs. In addition, the Court has not received such information from the co-plaintiffs, Eddie Smith, Sr., Mrs. Eddie Smith, Sr., Shirley Bingham, and Al Bingham. 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 an in forma pauperis application, together with a calculation sheet prepared and executed 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 sixmonth period immediately preceding the filing of the complaint. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(2). However, 5:09CV00307HLJ DEFENDANT PLAINTIFFS
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. § 1915(b)(3). Accordingly, IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED THAT plaintiffs must submit either the $350 statutory filing fee or in forma pauperis applications within thirty (30) days of the entry date of this Order.1 The Clerk is directed to send to the plaintiffs in forma pauperis applications, together with the filing fee calculation sheet. DATED this 19th day of October, 2009.
__________________________________ United States Magistrate Judge
The 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 Procedure."
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