THOMAS v. SCHRIER

Filing 2

MEMORANDUM & ORDER administratively terminating this case; if Plaintiff wishes to REOPEN this case, they shall so inform the Court in writing within thirty (30) days of the date of entry of this Order and include either the $402 filing fee or a complete In Forma Pauperis Application; Clerk shall provide Plaintiff a blank IFP form to be used by a prisoner in a civil rights case. Signed by Judge Robert B. Kugler on 9/14/2022. (mag, N.M.)

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Case 1:22-cv-05493-RBK-EAP Document 2 Filed 09/19/22 Page 1 of 3 PageID: 9 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY ____________________________________ KEONTRA THOMAS, : : Plaintiff, : Civ. No. 22-5493 (RBK) (EAP) : v. : : LISA SCHRIER, : MEMORANDUM & ORDER : Defendant. : ____________________________________: Plaintiff is detained at the Salem County Correctional Facility in Woodstown, New Jersey. Plaintiff is proceeding pro se with a civil complaint. As set forth below, this matter will be administrative terminated as Plaintiff has not paid the filing fee nor has Plaintiff submitted an application to proceed in forma pauperis. A prisoner who seeks to bring a civil action in forma pauperis must submit an affidavit, including a statement of all assets, which states that the prisoner is unable to pay the applicable filing fee. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(1). The prisoner must also submit a certified copy of his inmate trust fund account statement for the six-month period immediately preceding the filing of his complaint. See id. § 1915(a)(2). The prisoner must obtain this statement from the appropriate official of each prison at which he was or is confined. See id.; see also L. Civ. R. 81.2(b) (“Whenever a Federal, State, or local prisoner submits a civil rights complaint . . . the prisoner shall also submit an affidavit setting forth information which establishes that the prisoner is unable to pay the fees and costs of the proceedings and shall further submit a certification signed by an authorized officer of the institution certifying (1) the amount presently on deposit in the prisoner’s prison account and, (2) the greatest amount on deposit in the prisoner’s prison account during the six-month period prior to the date of the certification.”). Case 1:22-cv-05493-RBK-EAP Document 2 Filed 09/19/22 Page 2 of 3 PageID: 10 Even if a prisoner is granted in forma pauperis status, he must pay the full amount of the filing fee of $350.00. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1). In each month that the amount in the prisoner’s account exceeds $10.00, the agency having custody of the prisoner shall assess, deduct from the prisoner’s account, and forward to the Clerk of the Court, payment equal to 20 % of the preceding month’s income credited to the prisoner’s account. See id. § 1915(b)(2). The deductions will continue until the $350.00 filing fee is paid. Even if the necessary fees are paid and the complaint is accepted for filing, the Court may nevertheless immediately dismiss the case. The Court must review the complaint and dismiss it if it finds that the action is: (1) frivolous or malicious; (2) fails to state a claim upon which relief may be granted; or (3) seeks monetary relief against a defendant who is immune from such relief. See id. § 1915(e)(2)(B); see also id. § 1915A(b). If the plaintiff has, on three or more prior occasions while incarcerated, brought an action or appeal in a court that was dismissed on the grounds listed above, he cannot bring another action in forma pauperis unless he is in imminent danger of serious physical injury. See id. § 1915(g). In this case, Plaintiff has neither paid the filing fee nor has Plaintiff submitted an in forma pauperis application. Plaintiff’s failure to submit either the filing fee or a complete application to proceed in forma pauperis necessitates administratively terminating this matter. Plaintiff may reopen this action by either paying the filing fee or submitting a complete in forma pauperis application. Accordingly, IT IS on this 14th day of September, 2022, ORDERED that the Clerk shall administratively terminate this case; Plaintiff is informed that administrative termination is not a “dismissal” for purposes of the statute of limitations, and 2 Case 1:22-cv-05493-RBK-EAP Document 2 Filed 09/19/22 Page 3 of 3 PageID: 11 that if the case is reopened, it is not subject to the statute of limitations time bar provided the original complaint was timely; and it is further ORDERED that Plaintiff may have the above-entitled case reopened, if, within thirty (30) days of the date of the entry of this order, Plaintiff either pre-pays the $402 filing fee ($350 filing fee plus $52 administrative fee) or submits to the Clerk a complete in forma pauperis application; and it is further ORDERED that upon receipt of a writing from Plaintiff stating that Plaintiff wishes to reopen this case and a complete in forma pauperis application or filing fee within the time allotted by this Court, the Clerk will be directed to reopen this case; and it is further ORDERED that the Clerk shall serve on Plaintiff by regular U.S. mail: (1) this memorandum and order; and (2) a blank form application to proceed in forma pauperis by a prisoner in a civil rights case. s/ Robert B. Kugler ROBERT B. KUGLER United States District Judge 3

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