BYRD v. STATE OF FLORIDA et al

Filing 5

ORDER re 2 MOTION for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis filed by JAMES ALLEN BYRD, Amended Pleadings (IFP motion) due by 9/25/2006. Signed by Judge ALLAN KORNBLUM on 8/18/06. (deb, Gainesville)

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BYRD v. STATE OF FLORIDA et al Doc. 5 Case 4:06-cv-00375-WS-AK Document 5 Filed 08/18/2006 Page 1 of 3 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA TALLAHASSEE DIVISION JAMES ALLEN BYRD, DC# 858807, Plaintiff, VS. STATE OF FLORIDA, et al., Defendant(s). / ORDER OF DEFICIENCY AND DIRECTING PLAINTIFF TO FILE AN AMENDED PRISONER CONSENT FORM AND FINANCIAL CERTIFICATE Plaintiff, an inmate proceeding pro se, has filed a civil rights complaint under 42 U.S.C. 1983, doc. 1, and has filed a deficient motion to proceed in forma pauperis (IFP), doc.2, by failing to comply with 28 U.S.C. 1915. Section 1915, as amended by the "Prison Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (hereinafter "PLRA"), requires the court to assess an initial partial filing fee on all inmates who are permitted to proceed in forma pauperis. Under the PLRA, all prisoners will eventually pay the district court's entire $350 filing fee when bringing a civil action, or filing an appeal, in forma pauperis. If a prisoner's account statement shows that he cannot pay even the required initial partial fee, the civil action may nevertheless proceed; however, the total $350 fee will be assessed and deducted from future deposits to Plaintiff's prison account until the total filing fee is paid. Fees are not refundable, regardless of dismissal of the action. [The obligation to pay the full amount of the filing fee continues even if Plaintiff is released from prison.] Even CASE NO. 4:06-CV-375-WS/AK Dockets.Justia.com Case 4:06-cv-00375-WS-AK Document 5 Filed 08/18/2006 Page 2 of 3 after the initial partial fee is paid, the PLRA requires this court to dismiss the case at any time if it determines that the allegation of poverty is untrue, or the action is frivolous or malicious, fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted, or seeks monetary relief against a defendant who is immune from such relief. 28 U.S.C. 1915(e)(2). Furthermore, 1915(g) prohibits a prisoner from filing any further suit or appeal without full prepayment of the filing fee if the prisoner has had three actions or appeals dismissed on one of the previously mentioned grounds set out in Section 1915(e)(2). The Court must assess an initial partial filing fee based on the average monthly deposits in Plaintiff's prison bank account in accordance with 28 U.S.C. 1915(b)(1). Thus, Plaintiff must submit a computer printout for his inmate bank account for the six (6) month period immediately preceding the filing of the complaint; i.e., the period from MARCH 11, 2006 to AUGUST 11, 2006. Plaintiff must obtain account statements with the signature from the appropriate official of each prison at which he is, or has been, confined for the six (6) month period prior to the filing of this complaint. The filing of the amended motion to proceed in forma pauperis, IFP, must include the inmate account information which shall be attached to the in forma pauperis motion and the signature of an authorized official. If Plaintiff was not incarcerated during any portion of this time period, he must specifically advise the court. Accordingly, it is ORDERED: 2 Case 4:06-cv-00375-WS-AK Document 5 Filed 08/18/2006 Page 3 of 3 1. Review of Plaintiff's complaint, doc. 1 and ruling on his amended motion to proceed in forma pauperis, doc. 2, is deferred until Plaintiff has complied with 28 U.S.C. 1915. 2. The clerk of court shall forward to Plaintiff a Prisoner Consent Form and Financial Certificate. 3. Plaintiff shall have until SEPTEMBER 25, 2006, to either: (1) file a computer printout of the transactions in his prison account as directed in this order along with a completed application to proceed in forma pauperis certified by the appropriate prison official, or (2) pay the full $350.00 filing fee, or (3) file a notice of voluntary dismissal of this case pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 41(a). 4. Failure to respond to this order as instructed will result in a recommendation of dismissal of this action for failure to prosecute and failure to comply with an order of this court. 5. The clerk shall refer the file to the undersigned on or before SEPTEMBER 25, 2006. DONE AND ORDERED this 18th day of August, 2006. s/ A. KORNBLUM ALLAN KORNBLUM UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 3

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