Chapman v. Poland et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER granting the Motion for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis. Plaintiff Billie Joe Chapman shall pay an initial partial filing fee of $6.70 by 7/10/2014, unless an enlargement of time is granted in response to a written motion. Pro Se Case Management Deadline set for 7/10/2014: initial partial filing fee payment due. Ordered by Judge John M. Gerrard. (Copy mailed to pro se party)(MKR)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
BILLIE JOE CHAPMAN,
ELLEN POLAND, MARK LUND,
STEVE JENKINS, JIM PAYNE,
HAROLD MURREN, JOHN/JANE
DOE, Mail Room Manager, and
JOHN/JANE DOE, Records
This matter is before the court on Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to Proceed in
Forma Pauperis (“IFP”). (Filing No. 9, Part 2.) The court has received a certified
copy of Plaintiff’s trust account information. (Filing No. 12.) Plaintiff is permitted
to proceed IFP.
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 $6.70,
based on average monthly deposits in the amount of $33.46. Plaintiff must pay this
initial partial filing fee within 30 days from the date of this Memorandum and Order.
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’s office 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 IFP (Filing No. 9, Part 2) is
Plaintiff shall pay an initial partial filing fee of $6.70 within 30 days
from the date of this Memorandum and Order, 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 dismissed.
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’s office is directed to send a copy of this order to the
appropriate official at Plaintiff’s institution.
The clerk’s office is directed to set a pro se case management deadline
in this case using the following text: July 10, 2014: initial partial filing fee payment
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 9th day of June, 2014.
BY THE COURT:
s/ John M. Gerrard
United States District Judge
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