Smith v. Hutchinson et al
ORDER Requesting Response Regarding Prisoner's Non-Appearance for Court-Ordered Conference signed by Magistrate Judge Erica P. Grosjean on 2/7/2018. 14-day deadline. (Jessen, A)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
TOY TERRELL SMITH,
ORDER REQUESTING RESPONSE
REGARDING PRISONER’S NONAPPEARANCE FOR COURT-ORDERED
R.M. HUTCHINSON, et al,
Plaintiff Toy Terrell Smith (“Plaintiff”) is proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis with
this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. He is presently incarcerated at California
State Prison-Sacramento (“CSP-Sacramento”) which is a state prison under the authority of the
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (“CDCR”).
On November 7, 2017, the Court issued an Order setting a “mandatory scheduling
conference” for February 7, 2018. (ECF No. 17.) With regard to Plaintiff’s appearance at the
conference, the Order stated:
Plaintiff shall make arrangements with staff at his or her institution of
confinement for his or her attendance at the mandatory telephonic initial
scheduling conference. Plaintiff's institution of confinement shall make Plaintiff
available for the conference at the date and time indicated above. To the extent
possible, prior to the conference defense counsel shall confirm with Plaintiff's
institution of confinement that arrangements have been made for Plaintiff's
attendance. If Plaintiff is in the custody of the California Department of
Corrections and Rehabilitation, the Clerk of Court shall send a copy of this order
to the litigation coordinator at Plaintiff's institution of confinement.
(Id. at 3.)
Plaintiff did not appear for the February 7, 2018 mandatory scheduling conference.
Defense counsel appeared and confirmed that arrangements were made with the litigation
coordinator at CSP-Sacramento for Plaintiff’s appearance. The Court waited for approximately
twenty minutes before re-scheduling the conference.
Before the Court concludes that its November 7, 2017 Order was violated and sanctions
are appropriate, it invites the litigation coordinator at CSP-Sacramento to submit statements
explaining the reason for Plaintiff’s non-appearance for the February 7, 2018 mandatory
Accordingly, the Court ORDERS as follows:
Within 14 days of this Order, the litigation coordinator at CSP-Sacramento is directed to
file a response to this Order explaining the reason for Plaintiff’s non-appearance for the
February 7, 2018 mandatory scheduling conference.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
February 7, 2018
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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