Ortiz v. Brazelton
ORDER Directing Clerk of Court to Refund Filing Fee re 35 , signed by Magistrate Judge Sheila K. Oberto on 5/2/17. (Gonzalez, R)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
No. 1:13-cv-00006-DAD-SKO HC
ORDER DIRECTING CLERK OF COURT
TO REFUND FILING FEE
SCOTT FRAUENHEIM, Warden,
In an ex parte motion, Petitioner Ruben Ortiz, by his attorney Philip Brooks, seeks the
return of a $505.00 filing fee erroneously paid for Petitioner’s appeal. In a declaration filed in
support of the motion, Petitioner’s attorney states that although counsel intended to request
waiver of the filing fee based on Petitioner’s having proceeded in forma pauperis before the
District Court, he mistakenly submitted the filing fee on Petitioner’s behalf.
The rules of appellate procedure provide, in pertinent part:
A party who was permitted to proceed in forma pauperis in the
district-court action . . . . . may proceed on appeal in forma pauperis
without further authorization, unless:
(A) the district court—before or after the notice of appeal is filed—
certifies that the appeal is not taken in good faith or finds that the
party is not otherwise entitled to proceed in forma pauperis and
states in writing its reasons for the certification or filing.
Although the Court declined to issue a certificate of appealability, it did not find that the
appeal was taken in bad faith or that Petitioner was otherwise not entitled to proceed in forma
pauperis. In such circumstances, Petitioner may proceed to file his notice of appeal in forma
pauperis without the need for a second application to proceed in forma pauperis. Petitioner will
then need to seek a certificate of appealability from the circuit court, however, before the appeal
may proceed. See, e.g., Greenhill v. United States of America, 2009 WL 1605651 at *2 (E.D.
Cal. June 8, 2009) (No. CR-F-94-5020 AWI, CV-F-97-5020 AWI); Booth v. Attorney General,
2009 WL 982045 at *1 (E.D. Cal. April 13, 2009) (No. 1:08-cv-01134-SMS HC); Denton v.
Garcia, 2008 WL 410600 at *1, n. 1 (E.D. Cal. Feb. 12, 2008) (No. CIV S-03-1558 RRB JFM P).
The Clerk of Court is hereby DIRECTED to refund to counsel Petitioner’s filing fee in the
amount of $505.00.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
May 2, 2017
Sheila K. Oberto
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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