Phillips v. The County of Sonoma

Filing 5

ORDER re 4 MOTION to Substitute Attorney and Proposed Order filed by E. C. Phillips, III. Signed by Judge Maria-Elena James on 5/31/2012. (cdnS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 5/31/2012)

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1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 Northern District of California 6 7 E.C. PHILLIPS, III, No. C 12-1533 MEJ Plaintiff, 8 v. 9 ORDER RE PLAINTIFF’S REQUEST TO SUBSTITUTE COUNSEL THE COUNTY OF SONOMA, 10 Defendant. _____________________________________/ 12 For the Northern District of California UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 11 Before the Court is Plaintiff E.C. Phillips III’s request for the Court to approve the 13 14 substitution of himself as his own counsel of record in the place of his current counsel, Goins & 15 Associates PLC. As part of his request, Plaintiff has included his email address. Given the 16 inclusion of his email address, it is unclear whether Plaintiff wishes to be an Electronic Case Filing 17 (ECF) User. Accordingly, the Court defers ruling on the substitution until Plaintiff either registers 18 as an ECF User or files notice that he wishes to file documents and receive notification manually. 19 Accordingly, the Court ORDERS Plaintiff to do one of the following by June 11, 2012: 20 1) Plaintiff shall register as an Electronic Case Filing User on the Court’s website. Specifically, 21 Plaintiff must follow the registration procedure set forth at 22 Once Plaintiff completes the 23 registration procedure and receives an e-filing password from the ECF Help Desk, Plaintiff 24 shall electronically file a notice stating that the e-filing password has been received. If such 25 notice is filed, Plaintiff may thereafter file documents electronically and will not need to 26 manually serve Defendant, and Defendant shall be relieved of its duty to serve Plaintiff with 27 paper copies of any electronically-filed documents. 28 OR 1 2) Plaintiff shall file a notice stating that he does not wish to register as an ECF User. If 2 Plaintiff chooses not to register as an ECF User, Plaintiff must manually file all documents 3 with the Court and serve them on Defendant, and all documents from the Court and 4 Defendant shall continue to be manually served on Plaintiff. 5 Upon completion of (1) or (2) above, the Court shall rule upon the substitution request. 6 IT IS SO ORDERED. 7 8 Dated: May 31, 2012 _______________________________ Maria-Elena James Chief United States Magistrate Judge 9 10 12 For the Northern District of California UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 11 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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