Cazares-Montes v. Kern County Sheriff's Department

Filing 11

FIRST INFORMATIONAL ORDER signed by Judge Sandra M. Snyder on 4/5/06. (Lundstrom, T)

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(PC) Cazares-Montes v. Kern County Sheriff's Department Doc. 11 Case 1:06-cv-00031-OWW-SMS Document 11 Filed 04/05/2006 Page 1 of 4 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Plaintiff GUSTAVO CAZARES-MONTES ("plaintiff") is a prisoner proceeding 17 pro se and in forma pauperis in a civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1983. In 18 litigating this action, the parties must comply with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 19 (Fed. R. Civ. P.) and the Local Rules of the United States District Court, Eastern District of 20 California (Local Rules). This order highlights specific rules of which the parties should 21 take particular note. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE LOCAL RULES, FEDERAL 22 RULES OR A COURT ORDER, INCLUDING THIS ORDER, WILL BE GROUNDS 23 FOR DISMISSAL OR OTHER APPROPRIATE SANCTIONS. See Local Rule 11-110; 24 Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b). 25 1 Defendants. vs. KERN COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, GUSTAVO CAZARES-MONTES, Plaintiff, FIRST INFORMATIONAL ORDER 1:06-CV-00031-OWW-SMS-P IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA Case 1:06-cv-00031-OWW-SMS Document 11 Filed 04/05/2006 Page 2 of 4 1 1. Documents intended to be filed with the court must be mailed to the Clerk of the Court. See Local Rule 5-134(a). All documents improperly mailed to a judge's chambers will be stricken from the record.1 A document requesting a court order must be styled as a 2 motion, not a letter. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 7. 3 2. Each document submitted for filing must include the original signature of the 4 filing party or parties. Local Rule 7-131; Fed. R. Civ. P. 11(a). All documents submitted 5 without the required signature(s) will be stricken. Each separate document must be 6 separately stapled. See Local Rule 7-130. If a document is stapled behind another 7 document, it will not be filed and will not enter the court docket. 8 3. All documents filed with the court must be submitted with an additional legible 9 conformed copy for the court's use. See Local Rule 5-134(b). A document submitted 10 without an extra copy for the court's use will be stricken. If the filing party wishes the 11 court to return a file-stamped copy, he or she must include an additional copy for that 12 purpose (i.e., submit an original and two copies, one for the court's use and one to be 13 returned) AND a pre-addressed postage paid envelope. The court cannot provide copy or 14 mailing service for a party, even for an indigent plaintiff proceeding in forma pauperis. 15 Copies of documents from the court file may be obtained at the cost of fifty cents per page. 16 4. After defendants have appeared in an action by filing a pleading responsive to 17 the complaint (i.e., an answer or a motion to dismiss), all documents filed with the court 18 must include a certificate of service stating that a copy of the document was served on the 19 opposing party. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 5; Local Rule 5-135. A document submitted without 20 the required proof of service will be stricken. Where a party is represented, service on the 21 party's attorney of record constitutes effective service. 22 5. All filings must bear the file number assigned to the action, followed by the 23 24 25 When a document is stricken, it becomes a nullity and is not considered by the court for any purposes. 2 1 Case 1:06-cv-00031-OWW-SMS Document 11 Filed 04/05/2006 Page 3 of 4 1 initials of the District Court Judge and the Magistrate Judge to whom the case is assigned and the letter "P." Where plaintiff simultaneously pursues more than one action, he or she must file separate original documents and the appropriate number of copies in each action 2 to which the document pertains. Documents submitted listing more than one case number 3 in the caption will be stricken. 4 6. The court cannot serve as a repository for the parties' evidence (i.e., prison or 5 medical records, witness affidavits, etc.). The parties may not file evidence with the court 6 until the course of litigation brings the evidence into question (for example, on a motion for 7 summary judgment, at trial, or when requested by the court). Evidence improperly 8 submitted to the court will be stricken. 9 7. After an answer is filed, the court will issue an order opening discovery, and 10 setting the deadlines for discovery, amended pleadings, and pre-trial dispositive motions. 11 No discovery may be conducted without court permission until an answer is filed and the 12 court issues the discovery order. Discovery propounded on a party is self-executing, and 13 must be served directly on the party from whom discovery is sought; parties should not file 14 copies of their discovery with the court. See Local Rules 33-250, 34-250, 36-250. Discovery 15 documents inappropriately submitted to the court will be stricken. Where the response to 16 discovery is unsatisfactory, the party seeking discovery may file a motion to compel 17 discovery, including a copy of the discovery propounded and the response thereto. See 18 Fed. R. Civ. P. 37. 19 8. Because plaintiff is incarcerated and proceeds pro se, all pretrial motions will be 20 submitted without a hearing. See Local Rule 78-230(m). The parties are referred to Local 21 Rule 78-230(m) for the briefing schedule on motions. 22 9. All court deadlines will be strictly enforced. Requests for time extensions must 23 state the reason the extension is needed and must be filed with the court before the deadline 24 in question. See Local Rule 6-142. 25 3 Case 1:06-cv-00031-OWW-SMS Document 11 Filed 04/05/2006 Page 4 of 4 1 10. A pro se plaintiff has an affirmative duty to keep the court and opposing parties apprised of his or her address. If a plaintiff moves and fails to file a notice of change of address, service of court orders at plaintiff's prior address shall constitute effective notice. 2 See Local Rule 83-182(d). If mail directed to plaintiff is returned by the U.S. Postal 3 Service as undeliverable, the court will not attempt to re-mail it. If the address is not 4 updated within sixty days of the mail being returned, the action will be dismissed for 5 failure to prosecute. See Local Rule 83-183(b). 6 11. The court is required to screen complaints brought by prisoners seeking relief 7 against a governmental entity or officer or employee of a governmental entity. 28 U.S.C. 8 1915A(a). The court must dismiss a complaint or portion thereof if the prisoner has 9 raised claims that are legally "frivolous or malicious," that fail to state a claim upon which 10 relief may be granted, or that seek monetary relief from a defendant who is immune from 11 such relief. 28 U.S.C. 1915A(b)(1),(2). The court will direct the United States Marshal to 12 serve plaintiff's complaint only after the court has screened the complaint and determined 13 that it contains cognizable claims for relief against the named defendants. The court has a 14 large number of prisoner civil rights cases pending before it and will screen plaintiff's 15 complaint in due course. 16 IT IS SO ORDERED. 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 4 Dated: b6edp0 April 5, 2006 /s/ Sandra M. Snyder UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

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