Scott v. Beregovskay, et al.

Filing 14

ORDER DENYING 12 Motion to Add Exhibits to Complaint and STRIKING Exhibits From the Record signed by Magistrate Judge Gary S. Austin on 9/8/2017. (Jessen, A)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 TIANTE DION SCOTT, 12 Plaintiff, 13 14 vs. 1:17-cv-01146-AWI-GSA-PC ORDER DENYING MOTION TO ADD EXHIBITS TO COMPLAINT AND STRIKING EXHIBITS FROM THE RECORD (ECF No. 12.) BEREGOVSKAY, et al., 15 Defendants. 16 17 18 19 I. BACKGROUND 20 Tiante Dion Scott (“Plaintiff”) is a state prisoner proceeding pro se and in forma 21 pauperis with this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. On June 19, 2017, Plaintiff 22 filed the Complaint commencing this action at the United States District Court for the Northern 23 District of California. (ECF No. 1.) On August 24, 2017, the case was transferred to this court. 24 (ECF No. 6.) 25 On September 5, 2017, Plaintiff filed a motion to add exhibits to the Complaint. (ECF 26 No. 12.) On September 6, 2017, the court issued an order dismissing the Complaint for 27 violation of Rule 8(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, with leave to file a First 28 Amended Complaint within thirty days. (ECF No. 11.) 1 1 II. LOCAL RULE 220 AND FEDERAL RULE OF CIVIL PROCEDURE 15(a) AMENDING THE COMPLAINT 2 Local Rule 220 provides, in part: 3 6 Unless prior approval to the contrary is obtained from the Court, every pleading to which an amendment or supplement is permitted as a matter of right or has been allowed by court order shall be retyped and filed so that it is complete in itself without reference to the prior or superseded pleading. No pleading shall be deemed amended or supplemented until this Rule has been complied with. All changed pleadings shall contain copies of all exhibits referred to in the changed pleading. 7 Plaintiff has submitted exhibits to the court that he seeks to add to his original 8 Complaint filed on June 19, 2017. Plaintiff may not add supporting exhibits in this manner. 9 Under Rule 220, Plaintiff may not amend the Complaint by adding exhibits after the Complaint 10 has been filed. To add information or make a correction to the Complaint, Plaintiff must file an 11 amended complaint which is complete in itself. Moreover, Plaintiff’s original Complaint was 12 dismissed, with leave to file a First Amended Complaint within thirty days. Therefore, to add 13 exhibits in support of his complaint, Plaintiff must include the exhibits with the First Amended 14 Complaint when he submits it to the court pursuant to the court’s order of September 6, 2017. 4 5 15 However, Plaintiff is advised that although exhibits to the complaint are permissible, 16 Fed. R. Civ. P. 10(c), they are not necessary in the federal system of notice pleading, Fed. R. 17 Civ. P. 8(a). The court strongly suggests to Plaintiff that they should not be submitted where 18 (1) they serve only to confuse the record and burden the court, or (2) they are intended as future 19 evidence. If this action reaches a juncture at which the submission of evidence is appropriate 20 and necessary (e.g., summary judgment or trial), Plaintiff will have the opportunity at that time 21 to submit his evidence. 22 III. CONCLUSION 23 Based on the foregoing, it is HEREBY ORDERED that: 24 1. 25 /// 26 /// 27 Plaintiff’s motion to add exhibits to the Complaint is DENIED; /// 28 2 1 2. Plaintiff’s exhibits submitted to the court on September 5, 2017, are STRICKEN1 from the record; and 2 3 3. 4 If Plaintiff wishes to include exhibits with the First Amended Complaint, he must submit the exhibits with the First Amended Complaint for filing. 5 6 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: 7 September 8, 2017 /s/ Gary S. Austin UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 1 “A document which is ‘stricken’ will not be considered by the Court for any purpose.” (First Informational Order, ECF No. 8 at 2:7-8.) 3

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