Ruiz v. Mobert
ORDER DENYING Motion for Leave to Proceed in Forma Pauperis, Without Prejudice 2 ; ORDER to Submit Prisoner Application to Proceed in Forma Pauperis OR Pay Filing Fee Within 45 Days, signed by Magistrate Judge Barbara A. McAuliffe on 5/23/17. (Attachments: # 1 IFP Application - blank form)(Hellings, J)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
ROGELIO MAY RUIZ,
Case No.: 1:17-cv-00709-BAM (PC)
ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR LEAVE
TO PROCEED IN FORMA PAUPERIS,
(ECF No. 2)
ORDER TO SUBMIT PRISONER
APPLICATION TO PROCEED IN FORMA
PAUPERIS OR PAY FILING FEE WITHIN
FORTY-FIVE (45) DAYS
Plaintiff Rogelio May Ruiz is a state prisoner proceeding pro se in this civil action
pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Plaintiff initiated this action on December 23, 2016, by filing a
complaint in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. (ECF No. 1.)
On May 23, 2017, the action was transferred to this district. (ECF No. 4.)
Currently before the Court is Plaintiff’s motion requesting leave to proceed in forma
pauperis pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915. (ECF No. 2.) Although Plaintiff has generally completed,
dated, and signed a form motion requesting to proceed in forma pauperis, he has completed
several of the sections with narrative responses in the Spanish language. It is not clear whether
Plaintiff is fully able to read and write in the English language.
The Court informs Plaintiff that all federal court filings must be in the English language.
The Court cannot provide Plaintiff with translated documents, nor will it translate his documents
from Spanish into English. It is in the discretion of prison officials to best determine how to
ensure that “inmates with language problems have a reasonably adequate opportunity to file
nonfrivolous legal claims challenging their convictions or conditions of confinement.” Lewis v.
Casey, 518 U.S. 343, 356, 116 S. Ct. 2174, 2182, 135 L. Ed. 2d 606 (1996). The use of jailhouse
lawyers is one recognized avenue available to ensure that non-English speaking and/or illiterate
inmates have meaningful access to the courts. Id. at 356-57. (1996). In any event, Plaintiff must
seek assistance at the prison if he cannot complete his court filings in English on his own. Id.
Therefore, Plaintiff must re-submit a completed form in English if he wishes for his
application to be considered.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED as follows:
Plaintiff’s motion to proceed in forma pauperis, filed December 23, 2016 (ECF
No. 2) is DENIED, without prejudice;
The Clerk of the Court is directed to serve this order and a blank IFP application
for a prisoner on Plaintiff;
Within forty-five (45) days from the date of service of this order, Plaintiff shall
file the attached application to proceed in forma pauperis, completed and signed, or in the
alternative, pay the $400.00 filing fee for this action;
No extension of time will be granted without a showing of good cause; and
The failure to comply with this order will result in dismissal of this action,
IT IS SO ORDERED.
May 23, 2017
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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