Ogilvie v. Millsaps et al
ORDER granting in part and denying in part 3 Motion to File Documents Electronically, to Use the Law Library, for the U.S. Marshal to Serve Summons and Complaint on Defendants, and Request to Waive PACER Fees. See Order for details. Signed by Magistrate Judge Julie S. Sneed on 10/30/2015. (JR)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
Case No: 8:15-cv-2477-T-36JSS
RUDOLPH MILLSAPS, RUDOLPH
MILLSAPS EXPRESS COMPANY,
STRATFORD INSURANCE COMPANY,
JOHN DOE ’35;1, JOHN DOE ’35;2,
GEICO CASUALTY COMPANY, GEICO
INDEMNITY COMPANY, GEICO
INSURANCE COMPANY and
THIS MATTER is before the Court on Plaintiff’s Motion to File Documents Electronically,
to Use the Law Library, for the U.S. Marshalls to Serve Summons and Complaint on Defendants,
and Request Waiver of PACER Fees (“Motion”). (Dkt. 3.) In the Motion, Plaintiff requests that
she be allowed access to the Court’s electronic filing system (“CM/ECF”) to file and receive
documents electronically in this case, to access the Court’s law library to conduct research, and to
have the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (“PACER”) fees waived to conduct additional
research. Plaintiff also requests that the Court grant her Motion for Leave to Proceed in Forma
Pauperis and order the U.S. Marshal to serve the Complaint and summons in this case. (Dkt. 3.)
On October 20, 2015, Plaintiff filed a Complaint against Defendants alleging negligence,
negligent supervision, bad faith, breach of contract, and violations of the Bad Business Practices
Act stemming from a motor vehicle accident in which she alleges she was injured. (Dkt. 1.)
Plaintiff also filed a Motion for Leave to Proceed in Forma Pauperis, requesting that the filing fee
in this case be waived due to economic difficulties. (Dkt. 2.) On October 26, 2015, the Court
denied Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to Proceed in Forma Pauperis because Plaintiff failed to file
an Affidavit of Indigency and failed to sign the Application to Proceed in District Court Without
Prepaying Fees or Costs. (Dkt. 6.)
Courts may exempt indigent litigants from payment of the user access fee for PACER.
considering whether to grant an exemption, courts must find that the individual seeking an
exemption has demonstrated that an exemption is necessary to avoid unreasonable burdens and to
promote access to information. Id. Further, the court may authorize a pro se party to file
electronically using the Court’s electronic filing system. M.D. Fla., Administrative Procedures
for Electronic Filing 1–2 (June 5, 2015), https://www.flmd.uscourts.gov/CMECF/CMECF_ADMINISTRATIVE_PROCEDURES_6-5-2015.pdf.
In this case, the Court finds that Plaintiff is entitled to access CM/ECF to file and receive
documents electronically. The Court further finds that a waiver of the PACER fees will promote
Plaintiff’s access to the electronic records in this case. However, because Plaintiff’s Motion for
Leave to Proceed in Forma Pauperis was denied, the Court denies as moot Plaintiff’s request to
proceed in forma pauperis. Plaintiff may use the Court’s library during regular business hours,
but pro se litigants are not entitled to use the library’s computer equipment or Internet access.
Accordingly, it is
1. Plaintiff’s Motion to File Documents Electronically, to Use the Law Library, for the
U.S. Marshalls to Serve Summons and Complaint on Defendants, and Request Waiver
of PACER Fees (Dkt. 3) is GRANTED in part and DENIED in part.
2. Plaintiff’s request to access the Court’s electronic filing system is GRANTED. To
fully access the Court’s electronic filing system, Plaintiff must have Internet access, an
e-mail account, PDF capabilities, and a PACER account. Plaintiff shall register for
electronic filing by visiting the CM/ECF link on the Court’s website at
www.flmd.uscourts.gov. When filling out the request for a CM/ECF log in and
password, Plaintiff should insert 0000000 (seven zeros) when prompted to fill in a Bar
number. Plaintiff may contact the Clerk’s Office (813-301-5400) if assistance is
needed in registering for CM/ECF. Once registered, Plaintiff shall complete the
CM/ECF program tutorial on the Court’s website. Plaintiff also shall become familiar
with and follow the policies and procedures set forth in the Administrative Procedures
for Electronic Filing, which is available under the CM/ECF link on the Court’s website.
In alternative to filing electronically, Plaintiff is permitted to mail hard copies of her
filings to the Clerk of the Court instead of filing in person at the courthouse.
3. Plaintiff’s request to waive the PACER fee is GRANTED. However, Plaintiff’s
exemption from such fees shall cease upon the closing of this case.
4. Plaintiff’s request to grant her Motion for Leave to Proceed in Forma Pauperis is
DENIED as moot.
5. Plaintiff’s request to use the Court’s law library is GRANTED. However, Plaintiff
may only use the law library during regular business hours and may not use the
computer equipment or Internet access.
DONE and ORDERED in Tampa, Florida on October 30, 2015.
Copies furnished to:
Counsel of Record
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