Stewart v. Christianson et al.

Filing 11

ORDER STRIKING Unsigned Complaint and Requiring Plaintiff to File a Signed Complaint Within Thirty Days, signed by Magistrate Judge Barbara A. McAuliffe on 8/22/17. Thirty Day Deadline. (Attachments: # 1 1983 Complaint Form) (Marrujo, C)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 GERALD STEWART, 12 13 14 15 16 Plaintiff, v. ADAM CHRISTIANSON, et al., Case No. 1:17-cv-00936-BAM (PC) ORDER STRIKING UNSIGNED COMPLAINT AND REQUIRING PLAINTIFF TO FILE A SIGNED COMPLAINT WITHIN THIRTY DAYS (ECF No. 1) Defendants. THIRTY (30) DAY DEADLINE 17 18 Plaintiff Gerald Stewart (“Plaintiff”) is a state prisoner proceeding pro se and in forma 19 pauperis in this civil rights action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Plaintiff initiated this action on July 7, 20 2017, (ECF No. 1), and has consented to magistrate judge jurisdiction. (ECF No. 7.) 21 The Court is required to screen complaints brought by prisoners seeking relief against a 22 governmental entity and/or against an officer or employee of a governmental entity. 28 U.S.C. 23 § 1915A(a). In preparing to screen the complaint, the Court notes Plaintiff’s complaint lacks any 24 signature. Both the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and this Court’s Local Rules require that all 25 filed pleadings, motions and papers be signed by at least one attorney of record or by the party 26 personally if the party is unrepresented. Fed. R. Civ. P. 11(a); Local Rule 131(b). Since 27 Plaintiff’s complaint is unsigned, the Court must strike it from the record. Plaintiff will be 28 permitted thirty (30) days to file a signed complaint that complies with Federal Rules of Civil 1 1 Procedure and the Local Rules. 2 Based on the foregoing, it is HEREBY ORDERED that: 3 1. 4 Plaintiff’s complaint, filed July 7, 2017, (ECF No. 1), is STRICKEN from the record for lack of signature; 5 2. The Clerk’s Office SHALL send to Plaintiff a civil rights complaint form; 6 3. Within thirty (30) days from the date of service of this order, Plaintiff SHALL file 7 8 9 10 a complaint or a notice of voluntary dismissal; and 4. If Plaintiff fails to file a complaint in compliance with this order, the Court will dismiss this action, with prejudice, for failure to state a claim, failure to prosecute, and failure to obey a court order. 11 12 13 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: /s/ Barbara August 22, 2017 A. McAuliffe _ UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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