Wagner v. Worsham
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER - IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiff's motion to waive the initial partial filing fee of $12.60 14 is GRANTED. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that in accordance with 28 U.S.C. Section 1915(b)(2), the Clerk shall request th e Missouri Department of Corrections to forward to the Court payments from plaintiff's prison account until the District Courts filing fee is paid in full. Signed by District Judge Catherine D. Perry on February 4, 2016. (MCB)(Finance Department notified.)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
No. 4:15CV1362 CDP
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
Before the Court is plaintiff’s motion for waiver of the initial partial filing fee of $12.60.
In support of his motion, plaintiff claims that his only source of funds is the $8.50 provided to
Missouri prisoners from the Missouri Department of Corrections.1
In support of his motion, plaintiff has submitted a prison account statement, dated July 1,
2015 through January 20, 2016.
The Prison Litigation Reform Act, 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b), states:
The court shall assess and, when funds exist, collect, as a partial payment of any
court fees required by law, an initial partial filing fee of 20 percent of the greater
ofB (A) the average monthly deposits to the prisoner=s account; or (B) the average
monthly balance in the prisoner=s account for the 6-month period immediately
preceding the filing of the complaint or notice of appeal.
As plaintiff’s account balance is only $.50, the Court will not insist that he pay the $12.60
initial partial filing fee at this time. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(4) (noting that the initial payment
may not be exacted if the prisoner has no means to pay it).
Instead, the Court will contact the Missouri Department of Corrections directly and
require the Department to deduct from plaintiff’s account a partial payment of this Court’s fees
The Court notes that it also appears that plaintiff is employed at a State job, whether as a
tutor/facilitator or a food handler, for which he is also paid.
anytime his balance exceeds more than $10.00 in his account. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(2)
(requiring the agency having custody of the prisoner to forward payments from the prisoner’s
account to the clerk of the court each time the amount in the account exceeds $10 until the filing
fees are paid).
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiff’s motion to waive the initial partial filing fee
of $12.60  is GRANTED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that in accordance with 28 U.S.C. ' 1915(b)(2), the Clerk
shall request the Missouri Department of Corrections to forward to the Court payments from
plaintiff=s prison account until the District Court’s filing fee is paid in full.
Dated this 4th day of February, 2016.
CATHERINE D. PERRY
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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