TG et al v. Kern County et al
ORDER Granting 5 Motion to Proceed Using Initials, signed by District Judge Dale A. Drozd on 3/6/2018. (Gaumnitz, R)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
T.G., by and through his next friend,
TANITA J.; P.P., by and through his
general guardian, REBECCA P.; and J.A.,
on behalf of themselves and all other
ORDER GRANTING MOTION TO
PROCEED USING INITIALS
(Doc. No. 5)
KERN COUNTY; KERN COUNTY
PROBATION DEPARTMENT; TR
MERICKEL, in his official capacity as
Chief of the Probation Department; KERN
COUNTY SUPERINTENDENT OF
SCHOOLS; and MARY C. BARLOW, in
her official capacity as Superintendent of
Plaintiffs are minors with various disabilities, proceeding with counsel and challenging
their conditions of confinement at Kern County juvenile detention facilities pursuant to claims
brought under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act and the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act. (Doc. No. 1.) On February 23, 2018,
plaintiffs filed an unopposed motion to proceed using their initials as opposed to their full names.
(Doc. No. 5.) Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 5.2(a) provides, in relevant part, that “in an
electronic or paper filing with the court that contains . . . the name of an individual known to be a
minor . . . a party or nonparty making the filing may include only . . . the minor’s initials.”
Given the sensitive nature of the allegations and the plain language of Rule 5.2(a), it is
proper to refer to the minor plaintiffs using only their initials. The court will likewise grant the
motion to permit the minor plaintiffs’ next friend and general guardian to be referred to using
only their initials because they are the relatives of minor plaintiffs, and consequently, disclosure
of the next friend and guardian’s full names could be tantamount to disclosing the minor
plaintiffs’ full names.1
IT IS SO ORDERED.
March 6, 2018
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
The order with respect to the use of initials only in referring to plaintiff’s next friend and
guardian is without prejudice to reconsideration should that become appropriate.
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