(PC) Sandoval v. Diaz et al
ORDER DENYING 7 Plaintiff's Motion to Stay Proceedings and Time Limitations and ORDER GRANTING 8 Motion for Extension of Time to File Consent/Decline Form signed by Magistrate Judge Erica P. Grosjean on 10/15/2020. Plaintiff's Consent/Decline Form due by 11/16/2020. (Jessen, A)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF’S
MOTION TO STAY PROCEEDINGS AND
(ECF No. 7)
RALPH DIAZ, et al.,
ORDER GRANTING EXTENSION OF
TIME TO FILE CONSENT/DECLINE
(ECF No. 8)
Plaintiff, Julio Sandoval, is a state inmate proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis in this
civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Before the Court is Plaintiff’s motion to stay
proceedings and time limitations (ECF No. 7) and motion for stay of proceedings, which the
Court construes as a request for a 30 day extension of time to file the consent/decline form (ECF
As to the motion to stay proceedings and time limitations (ECF No. 7), Plaintiff states that
he will need an additional 90 days added to any deadline set in this case. He contends that this
additional time is needed because mail is backed up at his institution of confinement, and there
have been emergency lockdowns and limitations on access to the law library, copies, and other
things as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. He explains that these lockdowns and limitations
negatively impact his ability to respond, format forms, or attain paper forms and copies.
The Court is aware of the additional restrictions that have been put into place at various
institutions of confinement as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and has made allowances for
those restrictions in setting deadlines in cases involving inmates. The Court will keep those
restrictions in mind in setting deadlines in this case as well but declines to grant an additional 90
days for all deadlines. Plaintiff must be diligent in complying with any deadlines imposed by the
Court and, if additional time is needed, Plaintiff may request additional time by filing a motion in
which he explains why he needs additional time to comply with the particular deadline at issue.
Moreover, the Court has not yet screened Plaintiff’s complaint and thus, other than the deadline to
submit the consent/decline form, discussed below, Plaintiff is not currently under any deadline.
Plaintiff’s motion to stay proceedings and time limitations will thus be denied.
As to Plaintiff’s motion for additional time to file the consent/decline form (ECF No. 8),
Plaintiff states that he received the form on October 6, 2020, and that the form is dated September
30, 2020. He asks for an additional 30 days to return the form. The Court will grant the request.
IT IS ORDERED:
1. Plaintiff’s motion to stay proceedings and time limitations (ECF No. 7) is DENIED; and
2. Plaintiff’s motion to stay proceedings, construed as a motion for an extension of time to
file the consent/decline form (ECF No. 8) is GRANTED. Plaintiff shall file the
consent/decline form no later than November 16, 2020.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
October 15, 2020
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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