Burnham v. Commonwealth of Massachusetts Trial Courts et al
District Judge Timothy S. Hillman: ORDER entered. No later than Tuesday, July 17, 2018, plaintiff either shall (1) pay the $400.00 filing and administrative fees; or (2) file an application to proceed in forma pauperis accompanied by a certifie d prison account statement. [Order sent to plaintiff and prisoner treasurer on 6/26/2018; copy to plaintiff included Application to Proceed in District Court Without Prepaying Fees or Costs.](PSSA, 3) (Main Document 4 replaced on 6/26/2018) (PSSA, 3).
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS
COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS
TRIAL COURTS, et al.,
C.A. No. 18-11243-TSH
On June 14, plaintiff filed this civil action but failed to pay the filing fee or to seek a waiver
A party bringing a civil action must either (1) pay the $350.00 filing fee and the $50.00
administrative fee1, see 28 U.S.C. § 1914(a); or (2) seek leave to proceed without prepayment of the
filing fee, see 28 U.S.C. § 1915 (proceedings in forma pauperis). Where, as here, the plaintiff is a
prisoner, a motion for waiver of prepayment of the filing fee must be accompanied by “a certified
copy of the trust fund account statement (or institutional equivalent) for the prisoner for the 6-month
period immediately preceding the filing of the complaint . . . obtained from the appropriate official of
each prison at which the prisoner is or was confined [for that 6-month period].” 28 U.S.C.
Accordingly, no later than Tuesday, July 17, 2018, plaintiff either shall (1) pay the $400.00
filing and administrative fees; or (2) file an application to proceed in forma pauperis accompanied by
a certified prison account statement. Failure of the plaintiff to comply with this directive may result
in the dismissal of this action.
For the convenience of litigants, this Court provides a form application to seek leave to
proceed in forma pauperis. The Clerk shall provide plaintiff with an Application to Proceed in
District Court Without Prepaying Fees or Costs.
The Clerk shall also send a copy of this Procedural Order to the Treasurer’s Office at the
prison facility in which plaintiff is incarcerated, in order to facilitate any request by the plaintiff for
his certified prison account statement. The Court requests that the Treasurer’s Office include in any
prison account statement the plaintiff’s average monthly deposits for the six-month period preceding
the date the complaint was filed, as well as the average monthly balance for that same period.
/s/ Timothy S. Hillman
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
The $50.00 administrative fee became effective May 1, 2013; it does not apply to persons
proceeding in forma pauperis. See Judicial Conference Fee Schedule.
Unlike other civil litigants, prisoner plaintiffs are not entitled to a complete waiver of the filing
fee, notwithstanding the grant of in forma pauperis status. Based on the information contained in the
prison account statement, the Court will direct the appropriate prison official to withdraw an initial partial
payment from the plaintiff’s account, followed by payments on a monthly basis until the entire $350.00
filing fee is paid in full. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1)-(2). Even if the action is dismissed upon a
preliminary screening, see 28 U.S.C. §§ 1915(e)(2), 1915A, the plaintiff remains obligated to pay the
filing fee, see McGore v. Wrigglesworth, 114 F.3d 601, 607 (6th Cir. 1997) (§ 1915(b)(1) compels the
payment of the fee at the moment the complaint is filed).
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