Porter v. Commissioner of Social Security
ORDER to proceed in forma pauperis on appeal re 17 ; signed by Magistrate Judge Hugh W. Brenneman, Jr (Magistrate Judge Hugh W. Brenneman, Jr., fhw)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
Case No. 1:13-cv-1145
Hon. Hugh W. Brenneman, Jr.
ORDER GRANTING MOTION TO PROCEED IN FORMA PAUPERIS ON APPEAL
This matter is now before the court on plaintiff’s motion and corrected motion for
leave to proceed in forma pauperis on appeal (docket nos. 18 and 20). The fee for appealing a civil
action is $505.00. To proceed in forma pauperis on appeal, plaintiff must comply with the
requirements of Fed. Rule App. Proc. Rule 24(a)(1), which requires her to file a motion for leave
to proceed in forma pauperis; and, an affidavit showing her inability to pay the required fees (in the
detail prescribed by Form 4 of the Appendix of Forms), her belief that she is entitled to redress, and
a statement of the issues she intends to present on appeal.
Plaintiff’s second affidavit of financial status (docket no. 20-1) indicates that she is
employed and receives income and a tribal per capita payment totaling approximately $1,192.00 per
month. Plaintiff states that she pays rent and utilities totaling $410.00 per month. She does not
identify any other monthly living expenses (e.g., food, transportation, clothing, etc.). Plaintiff has
no assets, and owes $3,000.00 in debt to creditors, including the Michigan Secretary of State. Based
on this information, the Court finds that plaintiff has insufficient funds to pay the filing and docket
fees required for an appeal.
Accordingly, plaintiff’s motions to proceed in forma pauperis on appeal (docket nos.
18 and 20) are GRANTED.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated: July 23, 2015
/s/ Hugh W. Brenneman, Jr.
HUGH W. BRENNEMAN, JR.
United States Magistrate Judge
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