Sokolsky v. State of California et al
ORDER STRIKING 87 Objections for Lack of Appropriate Signature; ORDER GRANTING Plaintiff Twenty Days in which to File New Objections Bearing his Handwritten Signature; Twenty-Day Deadline signed by Magistrate Judge Gary S. Austin on 10/12/2017. (Sant Agata, S)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
MARK S. SOKOLSKY,
ORDER STRIKING OBJECTIONS FOR
LACK OF APPROPRIATE SIGNATURE
(ECF No. 87.)
ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFF TWENTY
DAYS IN WHICH TO FILE NEW
OBJECTIONS BEARING HIS
(ECF No. 84.)
STATE OF CALIFORNIA, et al.,
Mark S. Sokolsky (“Plaintiff”) is a civil detainee proceeding pro se and in forma
pauperis with this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983.
On October 6, 2017, Plaintiff filed objections to the Magistrate Judge’s findings and
recommendations that were issued on September 21, 2017. (ECF No. 87.) In the objections,
Plaintiff indicates that he is associated with “Attorney Kilgore,” who expects to represent
Plaintiff after gaining admission to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of
Plaintiff is advised that to substitute an attorney in place of himself as attorney of
record, Plaintiff must submit a substitution of attorneys document to the court setting forth the
full name and address of the new attorney, and signed by Plaintiff (as the withdrawing attorney
and client) and the new attorney. Local Rule 182(g). “All substitutions of attorneys shall
require the approval of the Court, and the words ‘IT IS SO ORDERED’ with spaces
designated for the date and signature of the Judge affixed at the end of each substitution of
Plaintiff has not handwritten his signature on the objections.
signature on the objections is typewritten as “/s/ Mark S. Sokolsky.” (Id. at 1, 4.) This
signature does not comply with Local Rules. As a pro se litigant, Plaintiff is required to
handwrite his signature on all documents submitted to the court. Pursuant to Local Rule
All pleadings and non-evidentiary documents shall be signed by the individual
attorney for the party presenting them, or by the party involved if that party is
appearing in propria persona. Affidavits and certifications shall be signed by the
person executing the document. The name of the person signing the document
shall be typed or printed underneath the signature. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 11.
Local Rule 31(c) allows attorneys to file documents electronically using a signature in the
format shown by this example: “/s/ John M. Barrister, Esquire.” However, Plaintiff, who is
representing himself, is not permitted to submit only a typewritten signature. Accordingly,
Plaintiff’s objections, filed on October 6, 2017, shall be stricken from the record for lack of
appropriate signature. Plaintiff shall be granted twenty days in which to file new objections,
bearing his handwritten signature.
Based on the foregoing, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
Plaintiff’s objections to the Magistrate Judge’s findings and recommendations,
filed on October 6, 2017, are STRICKEN from the record for lack of appropriate
Plaintiff may file new objections, bearing his handwritten signature, within
twenty days of the date of service of this order.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
October 12, 2017
/s/ Gary S. Austin
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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