Collins v. No Named Defendant
ORDER dismissing this action without prejudice, as of 9/4/14, by Judge Lewis T. Babcock on 9/8/14. (dkals, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 14-cv-02342-BNB
DAVID LEE COLLINS,
[NO NAMED DEFENDANT],
ORDER DISMISSING CASE
Plaintiff, David Lee Collins, is a prisoner in the custody of the Colorado
Department of Corrections at the Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility in Ordway,
Colorado. Mr. Collins, acting pro se, attempted to initiate this action on August 20,
2014, by filing a letter to the clerk of the Court titled “Payment Third Presentment
Nonjudicial, Administrative Business of This Court” (ECF No. 1) that is unintelligible.
The Court opened this case under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 because Mr. Collins is a state
prisoner and did not appear to be asserting a challenge to the fact or duration of his
conviction or sentence.
On August 25, 2014, Magistrate Judge Boyd N. Boland entered an order
directing Mr. Collins to cure certain deficiencies if he wished to pursue any claims in this
action. Specifically, Magistrate Judge Boland directed Mr. Collins to file on the Courtapproved form a Prisoner Complaint and either to pay filing and administrative fees
totaling $400.00 or to file on the Court-approved form a Prisoner’s Motion and Affidavit
for Leave to Proceed Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915 along with a certified copy of his
inmate trust fund account statement and an authorization to calculate and disburse filing
fee payments. Magistrate Boland also directed Mr. Collins to file a Prisoner Complaint
on the Court-approved form that complied with the pleading requirements of Rule 8 of
the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
Mr. Collins has not cured the deficiencies as directed. Instead, on September 4,
2014, he filed motion titled “Motion to Close” (ECF No. 4) stating that he does not want
to proceed with this action. Also on September 4, he filed a document titled “Responce
[sic] and Answer” (ECF No. 5) in response to the August 25 order to cure, informing the
Court that the order to cure now is moot.
The Court must construe liberally Mr. Collins’ filings because he is not
represented by an attorney. See Haines v. Kerner, 404 U.S. 519, 520-21 (1972); Hall v.
Bellmon, 935 F.2d 1106, 1110 (10th Cir. 1991). However, the Court should not be an
advocate for a pro se litigant. See Hall, 935 F.2d at 1110. For the reasons stated
below, the “Motion to Close” will be treated as a notice of voluntary dismissal.
Pursuant to Rule 41(a)(1)(A) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Mr. Collins
“may dismiss an action without a court order by filing: (i) a notice of dismissal before the
opposing party serves either an answer or a motion for summary judgment.” No
response has been filed by any opposing party in this action. A voluntary dismissal
pursuant to Rule 41(a)(1)(A) is effective immediately upon the filing of a written notice of
dismissal, and no subsequent court order is necessary. See J. Moore, Moore’s Federal
Practice ¶ 41.02(2) (2d ed. 1995); Hyde Constr. Co. v. Koehring Co., 388 F.2d 501, 507
(10th Cir. 1968). The notice closes the file. See Hyde Constr. Co., 388 F.2d at 507.
Accordingly, it is
ORDERED that the instant action is dismissed without prejudice pursuant to the
“Motion to Close” (ECF No. 4) filed on September 4, 2014, by Plaintiff, David Lee
Collins, and which the Court has treated as a notice of voluntary dismissal. It is
FURTHER ORDERED that the voluntary dismissal is effective as of September
4, 2014, the date the notice of voluntary dismissal was filed in this action.
DATED at Denver, Colorado, this
BY THE COURT:
s/Lewis T. Babcock
LEWIS T. BABCOCK, Senior Judge
United States District Court
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