Juacell Duvon Britt v. Washoe County Jail
ORDER Granting 3 Motion/Application for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis. It is further ordered that Britt will submit a signed first amended complaint to this Court on or before December 28, 2023. It is further ordered that if Britt chooses to file an amended complaint, he is advised that an amended complaint replaces the original complaint, so the amended complaint must be complete in itself. Britt is cautioned that this action will be subject to dismissal without prejudic e if he fails to file a signed amended complaint by December 28, 2023. The Clerk of the Court is directed to send plaintiff Juacell Britt the approved form for filing a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 complaint, instructions for the same, and a copy of his original complaint (ECFNo. 1 ) by delivering the same to Britts physical address and, as a courtesy, to the email addresshe provided: email@example.com. (See ECF No. 9 at 1). Amended Complaint deadline: 12/28/2023. Signed by Magistrate Judge Brenda Weksler on 11/13/2023. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF. Copy of 42 U.S.C. 1983 complaint form and original complaint mailed to Plaintiff's address and email. - RGDG)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEVADA
JUACELL DUVON BRITT,
WASHOE COUNTY JAIL,
Case No.: 2:22-cv-02068-GMN-BNW
(ECF No. 3)
Pro se plaintiff Juacell Duvon Britt brings this civil-rights action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983,
contending that his constitutional rights were violated when jailers were indifferent to his serious
medical needs while he was detained at Washoe County Detention Facility. (ECF No. 1). Britt,
who is no longer incarcerated or detained, applies to proceed in forma pauperis for a non-inmate.
(ECF No. 3). 1 Based on the financial information provided, the Court finds that Britt is unable to
pay the full $350 filing fee for this action. So the Court grants Britt’s application to proceed in
But the Court cannot consider Britt’s complaint because he did not personally sign it. “A
civil action is commenced by filing a complaint with the court.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 3. Nevada Local
Rule LSR 2-1 provides that “[a] civil-rights complaint filed by a person who is not represented by
an attorney must be submitted on the form provided by this court or must be legible and contain
substantially all the information called for by the court’s form.” And the complaint must be signed
personally by the unrepresented party. Fed. R. Civ. P. 11(a). The Court will grant Britt an extension
of time to file a signed amended complaint.
It is therefore ordered that Britt’s application to proceed in forma pauperis for a non-inmate
(ECF No. 3) is GRANTED. Britt is permitted to maintain this action without paying the filing fee.
And Britt will not be required to pay fees or costs or give security therefor.
Britt also moves the Court to find and appoint him a free attorney. (ECF No. 9). The Court
does not address that motion in this order.
It is further ordered that Britt will submit a signed first amended complaint to this Court
on or before December 28, 2023.
It is further ordered that if Britt chooses to file an amended complaint, he is advised that
an amended complaint replaces the original complaint, so the amended complaint must be
complete in itself. See Hal Roach Studios, Inc. v. Richard Feiner & Co., Inc., 896 F.2d 1542, 1546
(9th Cir. 1989). This means the amended complaint must contain all claims, defendants, and
factual allegations that Britt wishes to pursue in this action. Thus, the submission of a mere
signature page will not be enough. Moreover, Britt should file the amended complaint on this
Court’s approved civil-rights form, and it must be titled “First Amended Complaint.”
Britt is cautioned that this action will be subject to dismissal without prejudice if he fails
to file a signed amended complaint by December 28, 2023. A dismissal without prejudice allows
the plaintiff to refile the case with the Court, under a new case number, when he can file a signed
The Clerk of the Court is directed to send plaintiff Juacell Britt the approved form for filing
a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 complaint, instructions for the same, and a copy of his original complaint (ECF
No. 1) by delivering the same to Britt’s physical address and, as a courtesy, to the email address
he provided: firstname.lastname@example.org. (See ECF No. 9 at 1).
DATED THIS 13th day of November 2023.
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Disclaimer: Justia Dockets & Filings provides public litigation records from the federal appellate and district courts. These filings and docket sheets should not be considered findings of fact or liability, nor do they necessarily reflect the view of Justia.
Why Is My Information Online?