Brown v. Kern Valley State Prison, et al.

Filing 15

ORDER DENYING 12 Change of Address to Street Address; ORDER for Plaintiff to File New Notice of Change of Address Within Fourteen Days; ORDER Directing Clerk to Send Change of Address From to Plaintiff at Kern Valley State Prison, signed by Magistrate Judge Gary S. Austin on 9/21/17. (Attachments: # 1 Change of Address 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 DERRICK BROWN, 12 Plaintiff, 13 14 15 16 vs. 1:17-cv-01168-GSA-PC ORDER DENYING CHANGE OF ADDRESS TO STREET ADDRESS (ECF No. 12.) KERN VALLEY STATE PRISON, et al., ORDER FOR PLAINTIFF TO FILE NEW NOTICE OF CHANGE OF Defendants. ADDRESS WITHIN FOURTEEN DAYS ORDER DIRECTING CLERK TO SEND CHANGE OF ADDRESS FORM TO PLAINTIFF AT KERN VALLEY STATE PRISON 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 I. BACKGROUND 24 Derrick Brown (“Plaintiff”) is a state prisoner proceeding pro se in this civil rights 25 action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Plaintiff filed the Complaint commencing this action on 26 August 18, 2017. (ECF No. 1.) 27 28 On September 16, 2013, Plaintiff filed a notice requesting the court to change his address of record from Kern Valley State Prison to his sister’s street address. (ECF No. 12.) 1 1 2 II. CHANGE OF ADDRESS TO ADDRESS OTHER THAN PRO SE LITIGANT’S ACTUAL ADDRESS 3 Plaintiff may not change his address of record with the court to someone else’s address. 4 There is no Federal Rule of Civil Procedure or Local Rule allowing service of court and other 5 legal documents at an address other than a pro se litigant’s actual address. Local Rule 131, 6 Local Rule 182(f), and Local Rule 183(b) require pro se litigants to inform the court of their 7 addresses and to keep the court informed of any change in their addresses. There is no 8 authority for the proposition that a pro se litigant can simply request the court to serve him at a 9 different address. 10 There may be special circumstances in which the court could serve a pro se litigant at a 11 separate address. However, no such special circumstances are apparent here. Moreover, 12 service at a location other than Plaintiff=s place of residence can pose significant problems with 13 ensuring that Plaintiff receives all court documentation, meets court deadlines and prepares and 14 signs all of his own legal documentation as a party proceeding in pro se. 15 The court’s current address of record for Plaintiff is: Kern Valley State Prison, P.O. 16 Box 5107, Delano, CA 93216. (Court Record.) There is no evidence that Plaintiff was 17 released from custody. Therefore, the Clerk of Court shall be directed to send Plaintiff a 18 change-of-address form. Plaintiff is required to complete and return the form to the court 19 within fourteen (14) days, notifying the court of his address of actual residence. Plaintiff is 20 cautioned that pro se litigants are required to notify the Clerk and all other parties of any 21 change of address, and absent such notice, service of documents at the prior address of the 22 party shall be fully effective. See Local Rule 182(f). Moreover, Plaintiff=s failure to comply 23 with an order or any Local Rule may be grounds for dismissal of the entire action. See Local 24 Rule 110. 25 III. CONCLUSION 26 Based on the foregoing, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that: 27 1. 28 Plaintiff’s request to change his address of record at the court to his sister’s street address, filed on September 16, 2017, is DENIED; 2 1 2. The Clerk is DIRECTED to send Plaintiff a change-of-address form; 2 3. Within fourteen (14) days of the date of service of this order, Plaintiff is 3 required to file a new notice of change of address, notifying the court of his 4 address of actual residence; and 5 4. 6 Plaintiff’s failure to comply with this order shall result in a recommendation that this action be dismissed. 7 8 9 10 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: September 21, 2017 /s/ Gary S. Austin UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3

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