Schroeder v. Wichita Police Department et al
ORDER granting 3 Motion for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis. Although service of process would normally be undertaken by the clerk of court under 28 U.S.C. 1915(d) and Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(c)(3), the clerk is directed to stay service of process pe nding the District Court's consideration of Plaintiff's pending Motion to Transfer this case back to the Southern District of Florida (ECF No. 8). Signed by Magistrate Judge Gwynne E. Birzer on 9/11/20.Mailed to pro se party Joseph H. Schroeder, II by regular mail. (adc)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF KANSAS
JOSEPH H. SCHROEDER, II,
WICHITA POLICE DEPARTMENT, et al., )
Case No. 20-1216-DDC-GEB
Upon the transfer of this matter from the U.S. District Court for the Southern
District of Florida to this Court, the matter is now before the Court on Plaintiff Joseph H.
Schroeder, II’s Motion to Proceed In Forma Pauperis (ECF No. 3, sealed) and
supporting declaration. For the reasons outlined below, Plaintiff’s Motion (ECF No. 3)
Under 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a), the Court has the discretion1 to authorize the filing of
a civil case “without prepayment of fees or security thereof, by a person who submits an
affidavit that . . . the person is unable to pay such fees or give security thereof.”
“Proceeding in forma pauperis in a civil case ‘is a privilege, not a right—fundamental or
otherwise.’”2 To determine whether a party is eligible to file without prepayment of the
Barnett ex rel. Barnett v. Nw. Sch., No. 00-2499, 2000 WL 1909625, at *1 (D. Kan. Dec. 26,
2000) (citing Cabrera v. Horgas, 173 F.3d 863, at *1 (10th Cir. April 23, 1999)).
Id. (quoting White v. Colorado, 157 F.3d 1226, 1233 (10th Cir. 1998)).
fee, the Court commonly reviews the party’s financial affidavit and compares his or her
monthly expenses with the monthly income disclosed therein.3
Both the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and this Court have a liberal policy
toward permitting proceedings in forma pauperis.4 Although Plaintiff’s motion was
completed on a different form than that which is usually required in this District—a form5
apparently utilized in the Southern District of Florida where this case was initially filed—
the Court finds sufficient information contained within that form. It appears Plaintiff is
currently unemployed. After careful review of Plaintiff’s description of his financial
resources (ECF No. 3-1, sealed), and comparison of Plaintiff’s listed monthly income to
listed monthly expenses, the Court finds he is financially unable to pay the filing fee.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Motion to Proceed In Forma
Pauperis (ECF No. 3) is GRANTED. Although service of process would normally be
undertaken by the clerk of court under 28 U.S.C. 1915(d) and Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(c)(3), the
clerk is directed to stay service of process pending the District Court’s consideration of
Plaintiff’s pending Motion to Transfer this case back to the Southern District of Florida
(ECF No. 8).
Alexander v. Wichita Hous. Auth., No. 07-1149-JTM, 2007 WL 2316902, at *1 (D. Kan. Aug.
9, 2007) (citing Patillo v. N. Am. Van Lines, Inc., No. 02-2162-JWL-DJW, 2000 WL 1162684, at
*1) (D. Kan. Apr. 15, 2002) and Webb v. Cessna Aircraft, No. 00-2229-JWL-DJW, 2000 WL
1025575, at *1 (D. Kan. July 17, 2000)).
Mitchell v. Deseret Health Care Facility, No. 13-1360-RDR-KGG, 2013 WL 5797609, at *1
(D. Kan. Sept. 30, 2013) (citing, generally, Yellen v. Cooper, 828 F.2d 1471 (10th Cir. 1987)).
The form completed by Plaintiff is the “AO240 (Rev.07/10) Application to Proceed in District
Court Without Prepaying Fees or Costs (Short Form).”
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated at Wichita, Kansas this 11th day of September 2020.
s/ Gwynne E. Birzer
GWYNNE E. BIRZER
United States Magistrate Judge
Disclaimer: Justia Dockets & Filings provides public litigation records from the federal appellate and district courts. These filings and docket sheets should not be considered findings of fact or liability, nor do they necessarily reflect the view of Justia.
Why Is My Information Online?