Polak v. City of Omaha et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER - Plaintiff's Motion to Proceed in Forma Pauperis, Filing 108 , is denied. Ordered by Judge Brian C. Buescher. (LKO)
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court on Plaintiff’s Motion to Proceed in Forma Pauperis, Filing
108, on appeal from summary judgment. Plaintiff timely filed his Notice of Appeal, Filing 105, on
November 28, 2020, but he failed to include an application to proceed in forma pauperis or pay
the appellate filing fee. See Filing 107. The Court noted Plaintiff had not been previously granted
in forma pauperis status and gave Plaintiff until December 31, 2020, to move for leave to proceed
in forma pauperis on appeal in compliance with Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 24 or to pay
the appellate filing fee. Filing 107. Plaintiff timely filed the present motion, but because Plaintiff
again fails to comply with Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 24, his motion is denied.
Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 24 requires a party who was not previously approved
to proceed in forma pauperis in the district-court action and desires to proceed in forma pauperis
on appeal to first file a motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis in the district court. The
party “must” also “attach an affidavit” meeting three requirements. Fed. R. App. P. 24(a)(1). The
affidavit must show “in the detail prescribed by Form 4 of the Appendix of Forms the party’s
inability to pay or to give security for fees and costs,” claim “an entitlement to redress,” and state
“the issues that the party intends to present on appeal.” Id. Plaintiff did not attach an affidavit to
the present motion. See Filing 108. The motion itself states only that Plaintiff is “currently
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unemployed and unable to pay the filling[sic] fee,” falling short of the requisite “detail prescribed
by Form 4.” Filing 108; Fed. R. App. P. 24(a)(1)(A); see F. R. App. P. Form 4. The motion
similarly makes no mention of entitlement to redress nor the issues Plaintiff intends to present on
appeal. See Filing 108. Accordingly,
IT IS ORDERED:
1. Plaintiff’s Motion to Proceed in Forma Pauperis, Filing 108, is denied.
Dated this 6th day of January, 2021.
BY THE COURT:
Brian C. Buescher
United States District Judge
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