Taylor v. Gregory
ORDER DENYING Plaintiff's Request to Attend Settlement Conference By Video 27 , signed by Magistrate Judge Barbara A. McAuliffe on 8/30/17. (Hellings, J)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
Case No.: 1:16-cv-00698-LJO-SAB (PC)
ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF’S REQUEST
TO ATTEND SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE
C/O J. GREGORY,
(ECF No. 27)
Plaintiff Shauntae Taylor is appearing pro se and in forma pauperis in this civil rights action
pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983.
This case is currently set for settlement conference before the undersigned on September 18,
2017, at 8:30 a.m., at California State Prison, Corcoran (“CSP-Corcoran”).
On August 17, 2017, Plaintiff filed a motion requesting that the Court revoke its order
transporting him to CSP-Corcoran for the settlement conference, and ordering him to instead appear at
the settlement conference by video conferencing. (ECF No. 27.) Plaintiff asserts that he was formerly
housed at CSP-Corcoran, and he fears for his safety should he come into contact with certain staff
Generally, the Court allows inmates to appear telephonically for pretrial proceedings; however,
the Court finds that settlement conferences are not productive without the ability to have face to face
contact with the participants. Therefore, the Court requires the parties to personally appear for
settlement conferences. The Court’s past experience has demonstrated that the California Department
of Corrections video conferencing system can be unreliable; and therefore it is insufficient for the
purposes of conducting a settlement conference. Thus, the Court finds that it is not practicable to allow
an inmate to appear by video at a settlement conference.
Plaintiff is advised that unless he chooses to dismiss his lawsuit, he is obligated to litigate this
action which may necessitate, among other things, transportation from his institution to the court or
other locations for proceedings. Nevertheless, matters of safety are of the utmost concern. If Plaintiff
wishes to forgo the settlement conference entirely on the grounds of safety considerations, Plaintiff
must file a motion to do so immediately.
Accordingly, Plaintiff’s request to attend the settlement conference by video conference (ECF
No. 27), is DENIED.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
August 30, 2017
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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