Pullens v. Ayaj et al

Filing 37

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER - Plaintiff shall pay an initial partial filing fee of $316.44 within 30 days unless an enlargement of time is granted in response to a written motion. After payment of the initial partial filing fee, Plaintiff's ins titution 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. Ordered by Senior Judge Richard G. Kopf. (Copy mailed to pro se party)(LKO)

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8:21-cv-00478-RGK-PRSE Doc # 37 Filed: 05/10/22 Page 1 of 3 - Page ID # 158 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA STEPHEN PULLENS, Plaintiff, 8:21CV478 vs. MEMORANDUM AND ORDER AYAJ, Mr.; MR. GEERDES, Mr.; BOYD, Mr.; HOGAN, Ms.; NELSON, Ms.; LOCUS, Mr.; FRAKES, Mr.; and NDCS, Defendants. This matter is before the court on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals’ judgment requiring collection from the appellant of the full $505.00 appellate and docketing fees. (Filing 32.) The Prison Litigation Reform Act (“PLRA”) requires prisoner plaintiffs to pay the full amount of the court’s $505.00 appellate filing fee by making monthly payments to the court, even if the prisoner is proceeding in forma pauperis. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b). The PLRA “makes prisoners responsible for their filing fees the moment the prisoner brings a civil action or files an appeal.” Jackson v. N.P. Dodge Realty Co., 173 F. Supp. 2d 951, 952 (D. Neb. 2001) (citing In re Tyler, 110 F.3d 528, 529–30 (8th Cir. 1997)). The appellate filing fee is assessed when the district court receives the prisoner’s notice of appeal. Henderson v. Norris, 129 F.3d 481, 485 (8th Cir. 1997). 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 notice of appeal. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1). Accordingly, based on the records before the court, the initial 8:21-cv-00478-RGK-PRSE Doc # 37 Filed: 05/10/22 Page 2 of 3 - Page ID # 159 partial filing fee is $316.44, based on an average monthly account balance of $1582.21. (See Filing 36.) 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 as follows: 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. IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that: 1. Plaintiff shall pay an initial partial filing fee of $316.44 within 30 days unless an enlargement of time is granted in response to a written motion. 3. 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. 4. The clerk’s office is directed to send a copy of this order to the appropriate official at Plaintiff’s institution. 2 8:21-cv-00478-RGK-PRSE Doc # 37 Filed: 05/10/22 Page 3 of 3 - Page ID # 160 Dated this 10th day of May, 2022. BY THE COURT: Richard G. Kopf Senior United States District Judge 3

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