Gail v. Jones
ORDER. IT IS ORDERED that 1 plaintiffs Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis is DENIED without prejudice. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that by May 25, 2021, plaintiff must either: (1) file a complete application to proceed in forma pauperis, on the c orrect form with complete financial attachments, or (2) pay the full $402 fee for filing a civil action. Signed by Magistrate Judge Brenda Weksler on 4/26/2021. (Attachments: # 1 IFP/Instructions)(Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - JQC) Modified text on 4/27/2021 (SLD).
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEVADA
Case No. 2:21-cv-00666-APG-BNW
Plaintiff David Gail—who is currently detained at High Desert State Prison—submitted
an application to proceed in forma pauperis (IFP). ECF No. 1.
Under the Local Rules, an incarcerated plaintiff seeking to proceed without paying the
filing fee must complete an application to proceed IFP and attach "a certificate from the
institution certifying the amount of funds currently held in the applicant's trust account at the
institution and the net deposits in the applicant's account for the six months before the date of
submission of the application." LSR 1-2; see also 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(2) (requiring an
incarcerated plaintiff seeking IFP status to submit "a certified copy of the trust fund account
statement (or institutional equivalent) for the prisoner for the 6-month period immediately
preceding the filing of the complaint . . ., obtained from the appropriate official of each prison at
which the prisoner is or was confined."). If the plaintiff has been incarcerated at the institution
for fewer than six months, the certificate must show the account’s activity for the shortened
period. LSR 1-2.
Here, plaintiff’s IFP application is incomplete because it lacks a financial certificate from
the institution where plaintiff is detained showing the amount of funds currently in plaintiff's trust
account and the net deposits in the account for the six months preceding plaintiff's application.
Accordingly, the Court lacks the information necessary to resolve plaintiff's request to proceed in
forma pauperis. The Court will keep plaintiff's complaint on file, but plaintiff's complaint will
not be screened (and this case will not move forward) until the matter of the filing fee is resolved.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that plaintiff’s Application to Proceed In Forma
Pauperis (ECF No. 1) is DENIED without prejudice.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk of Court must send plaintiff a blank
application to proceed in forma pauperis by an inmate as well as the accompanying instruction
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that by May 25, 2021, plaintiff must either: (1) file a
complete application to proceed in forma pauperis, on the correct form with complete financial
attachments, or (2) pay the full $402 fee for filing a civil action, which includes the $350 filing
fee and the $52 administrative fee.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that failure to timely comply with this order may result in a
recommendation to the district judge that this case be dismissed.
DATED: April 26, 2021.
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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