(PC) Denton v. Bibbs et al

Filing 49

ORDER Requiring Parties to Exchange Documents, signed by Magistrate Judge Erica P. Grosjean on 11/18/2021. Sixty-Day Deadline. (Maldonado, C)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 7 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 8 9 RAYMOND H. DENTON, 10 11 12 13 Case No. 1:19-cv-00316-DAD-EPG (PC) Plaintiff, ORDER REQUIRING PARTIES TO EXCHANGE DOCUMENTS v. S. BIBBS, et al., Defendant(s). 14 15 16 17 Raymond Denton (“Plaintiff”) is a state prisoner proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis in this civil rights action filed pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. On September 29, 2021, the Court issued an order requiring the parties to file 18 scheduling and discovery statements. (ECF No. 45). The parties have now filed their 19 statements. (ECF Nos. 46 & 47). 20 The Court has reviewed this case and the parties’ statements. In an effort to secure the 21 just, speedy, and inexpensive disposition of this action,1 the Court will direct that certain 22 documents that are central to the dispute be promptly produced.2 23 24 25 26 27 28 1 See, e.g., United States v. W.R. Grace, 526 F.3d 499, 508-09 (9th Cir. 2008) (“We begin with the principle that the district court is charged with effectuating the speedy and orderly administration of justice. There is universal acceptance in the federal courts that, in carrying out this mandate, a district court has the authority to enter pretrial case management and discovery orders designed to ensure that the relevant issues to be tried are identified, that the parties have an opportunity to engage in appropriate discovery and that the parties are adequately and timely prepared so that the trial can proceed efficiently and intelligibly.”). 2 Advisory Committee Notes to 1993 Amendment to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure regarding Rule 26(a) (“The enumeration in Rule 26(a) of items to be disclosed does not prevent a court from requiring by order or local rule that the parties disclose additional information without a discovery request.”). 1 1 Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that: 2 1. Each party has sixty days from the date of service of this order to serve opposing 3 parties, or their counsel, if represented, with copies of the following documents 4 and/or evidence that they have in their possession, custody, or control, to the 5 extent the parties have not already done so:3 6 a. Grievances filed by Plaintiff related to the incident(s) alleged in the 7 complaint. 8 b. Classification chronos, information chronos, and disciplinary chronos 9 related to the incident(s) alleged in the complaint. 10 c. All documents regarding the Rules Violation Report(s) associated with 11 the incident(s) alleged in the complaint, including disciplinary charges 12 and findings. 13 d. Witness statements and evidence that were generated from 14 investigation(s) related to the event(s) at issue in the complaint, such as 15 an investigation stemming from the processing of Plaintiff’s 16 grievance(s).4 17 2. If any party obtains documents and/or other evidence described above later in 18 the case from a third party, that party shall provide all other parties with copies 19 of the documents and/or evidence within thirty days. 20 3. Parties do not need to produce documents or evidence that they have already 21 produced. 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Defense counsel is requested to obtain these documents from Plaintiff’s institution(s) of confinement. If defense counsel is unable to do so, defense counsel should inform Plaintiff that a third party subpoena is required. 4 See Woodford v. Ngo, 548 U.S. 81, 94-95 (2006) (“[P]roper exhaustion improves the quality of those prisoner suits that are eventually filed because proper exhaustion often results in the creation of an administrative record that is helpful to the court. When a grievance is filed shortly after the event giving rise to the grievance, witnesses can be identified and questioned while memories are still fresh, and evidence can be gathered and preserved.”). The Court notes that Defendants only need to produce documents such as a Confidential Appeal Inquiry or a Use of Force Critique to the extent those documents contain witness statements related to the incident(s) alleged in the complaint and/or evidence related to the incident(s) alleged in the complaint that will not be provided to Plaintiff separately. 3 2 1 4. Parties do not need to produce documents or evidence that were provided to 2 them by the opposing party. 3 5. Parties may object to producing any of the above-listed documents and/or 4 evidence. Objections shall be filed with the Court and served on all other parties 5 within sixty days from the date of service of this order (or within thirty days of 6 receiving additional documents and/or evidence). The objection should include 7 the basis for not providing the documents and/or evidence. If Defendant(s) 8 object based on the official information privilege, Defendant(s) shall follow the 9 procedures described in the Court’s scheduling order. If a party files an 10 objection, all other parties have fourteen days from the date the objection is filed 11 to file a response. If any party files a response to an objection, the Court will 12 issue a ruling on the objection. 13 14 15 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: November 18, 2021 /s/ UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3

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