Diaz v. Ramirez et al

Filing 3

ORDER - IFP Application (ECF No. 1 ) is denied without prejudice. Plaintiff has until August 2, 2024, to either pay the full $405 filing fee or file a new fully complete IFP Application. The Clerk of the Court is directed to sen d plaintiff Jose Diaz the approved form application to proceed in forma pauperis for an inmate and instructions for the same, and to retain the complaint (ECF No. 1 -1) but not file it at this time. Signed by Magistrate Judge Brenda Weksler on 6/3/2024. (For Distribution by law library.) (Attachments: # 1 IFP form/Instruction)(Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - DLS)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 1 2 2 3 3 4 4 5 5 6 6 7 7 8 8 9 9 10 10 11 11 12 12 13 13 14 14 15 15 16 16 17 17 18 18 19 19 20 20 21 21 22 22 23 23 24 24 25 25 26 26 27 27 28 28 DISTRICT OF NEVADA JOSE MANUEL DIAZ, Case No.: 2:24-cv-00980-RFB-BNW Plaintiff, ORDER v. (ECF No. 1) ALEXANDRO RAMIREZ, et al., Defendants. On May 24, 2024, pro se plaintiff Jose Diaz, an inmate in the custody of the Nevada Department of Corrections, submitted a complaint under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and applied to proceed in forma pauperis. ECF Nos. 1-1, 1. The application to proceed in forma pauperis is deficient because Plaintiff did not use the Court’s approved form application and failed to submit a financial certificate and an inmate trust fund account statement for the previous six-month period with it. The United States District Court for the District of Nevada must collect filing fees from parties initiating civil actions. 28 U.S.C. § 1914(a). As of December 1, 2023, the fee for filing a civil-rights action is $405, which includes the $350 filing fee and the $55 administrative fee. See 28 U.S.C. § 1914(b). “Any person who is unable to prepay the fees in a civil case may apply to the court for leave to proceed in forma pauperis.” Nev. LSR 1-1. For an inmate to apply for in forma pauperis status, the inmate must submit all three of the following documents to the Court: (1) a completed Application to Proceed in Forma Pauperis for Inmate, which is pages 1–3 of the Court’s approved form, that is properly signed by the inmate twice on page 3; (2) a completed Financial Certificate, which is page 4 of the Court’s approved form, that is properly signed by both the inmate and a prison or jail official; and (3) a copy of the inmate’s prison or jail trust fund account statement for the previous six-month period. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(1)–(2); Nev. LSR 1-2. In forma pauperis status does not relieve an inmate of his or her obligation to pay the filing fee, it just means that the inmate can pay the fee in installments. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b). It is therefore ordered that the application to proceed in forma pauperis (ECF No. 1) is denied without prejudice. 1 It is further ordered that Plaintiff has until August 2, 2024, to either pay the full $405 filing 2 2 3 3 4 4 5 5 6 6 7 7 8 8 9 9 10 10 11 11 12 12 13 13 14 14 15 15 16 16 17 17 18 18 19 19 20 20 21 21 22 22 23 23 24 24 25 25 26 26 27 27 28 28 fee or file a new fully complete application to proceed in forma pauperis with all three required documents: (1) a completed application with the inmate’s two signatures on page 3, (2) a completed financial certificate that is signed both by the inmate and the prison or jail official, and (3) a copy of the inmate’s trust fund account statement for the previous six-month period. Plaintiff is cautioned that this action will be subject to dismissal without prejudice if he fails to timely comply with this order. A dismissal without prejudice allows Plaintiff to refile the case with the Court, under a new case number, when Plaintiff can file a complete application to proceed in forma pauperis or pay the required filing fee. The Clerk of the Court is directed to send plaintiff Jose Diaz the approved form application to proceed in forma pauperis for an inmate and instructions for the same, and to retain the complaint (ECF No. 1-1) but not file it at this time. DATED: June 3, 2024 UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 2

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