Welch v. Wagner et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER granting 2 Motion for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis. Plaintiff Deandra C. Welch shall pay an initial partial filing fee of $51.40 by 12/21/2011, unless an enlargement of time is granted in response to a written motion. Pro Se Case Management Deadline set for 12/21/2011: initial partial filing fee payment due. Ordered by Judge Richard G. Kopf. (Copy mailed to pro se party) (Copy mailed to Saunders County Corrections as directed) (TEL)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
DEANDRA C. WELCH,
OFFICER WAGNER, OFFICER
DUFFY, and DODGE COUNTY,
This matter is before the court on Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to Proceed in
Forma Pauperis (“IFP”). (Filing No. 2.) The court has received a certified copy of
Plaintiff’s trust account information. (Filing No. 6.) Plaintiff is permitted to proceed
Pursuant to the Prison Litigation Reform Act, a prisoner plaintiff is required to
pay the full amount of the court’s $350.00 filing fee by making monthly payments to
the court, even if the prisoner is proceeding IFP. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b). “[T]he PLRA
makes prisoners responsible for their filing fees the moment the prisoner brings a civil
action or files an appeal.” In re Tyler, 110 F.3d at 529-30 (8th Cir. 1997); Jackson v.
N.P. Dodge Realty Co., 173 F. Supp. 2d 951 (D. Neb. 2001).
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1), Plaintiff must pay an initial partial filing
fee in the amount of 20 percent of the greater of Plaintiff’s average monthly account
balance or average monthly deposits for the six months preceding the filing of the
complaint. Accordingly, the court finds that the initial partial filing fee is $51.40,
based on an average monthly account balance of $257.00. Plaintiff must pay this
initial partial filing fee by December 21, 2011. If the court does not receive payment
by this deadline, this matter will be dismissed. Plaintiff may request an extension of
time if needed.
In addition to the initial partial filing fee, Plaintiff must “make monthly
payments of 20 percent of the preceding month’s income credited to the prisoner’s
account.” 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(2). The statute places the burden on the prisoner’s
institution to collect the additional monthly payments and forward them to the Court
After payment of the initial partial filing fee, the prisoner shall be
required to make monthly payments of 20 percent of the preceding
month’s income credited to the prisoner’s account. The agency having
custody of the prisoner shall 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.
28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(2). Therefore, after payment in full of the initial partial filing fee,
the remaining installments shall be collected pursuant to this procedure.
The Clerk of the court shall send a copy of this Memorandum and Order to the
appropriate financial official at Plaintiff’s institution. Plaintiff will remain responsible
for the entire filing fee, as long as he is a prisoner, even if the case is dismissed at
some later time. See In re Tyler, 110 F.3d at 529-30; Jackson, 173 F. Supp. 2d at 951.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that:
Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to Proceed In Forma Pauperis (filing no. 2)
Plaintiff shall pay an initial partial filing fee of $51.40 by December 21,
2011, unless an enlargement of time is granted in response to a written motion. If the
initial partial filing fee is not received by the specified deadline, this case will be
After payment of the initial partial filing fee, Plaintiff’s institution shall
collect the additional monthly payments in the manner set forth in 28 U.S.C. §
1915(b)(2), quoted above, and shall forward those installments to the court.
The Clerk of the court is directed to send a copy of this order to the
appropriate official at Plaintiff’s institution.
The Clerk of the court is directed to set a pro se case management
deadline in this case using the following text: December 21, 2011: initial partial filing
fee payment due.
Plaintiff shall keep the court informed of his current address at all times,
and all parties are bound by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and by the court’s
Local Rules while this case is pending.
DATED this 21 st day of November, 2011.
BY THE COURT:
Richard G. Kopf
United States District Judge
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