Filing 3

OPINION. Signed by Judge Kevin McNulty on 10/26/2017. (JB, )

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY ALBERT SERRANO JR., Plaintiff. : Civ. No. 17-4685 (KM) (MAH) : OPINION V. NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS. Defendant. KEVIN MCNULTY, U.S.D.J. Plaintiff, a state prisoner, filed pro se with the Court a civil-rights complaint as well as an application to proceed in foruzapauperis. As plaintiff’s inforniapauperis application is incomplete, it will be denied without prejudice and this case will be administratively terminated. The general filing fee for a civil complaint is $400.00. If a prisoner-plaintiff is proceeding infonnapauperis, the fee is $350.00, payable in installments as described below. A prisoner who seeks to proceed informapauperis must submit an affidavit, including a statement of all assets, stating that the prisoner is unable to pay the applicable filing fee. See 28 U.S.C. § 191 5(a)( I). 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 fri. § 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. 8 1.2(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.”). Even if a prisoner is granted informapauperis 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 (I) is frivolous or malicious, (2) fails to state a claim upon which relief maybe granted, or (3) seeks monetary relief against a defendant who is immune from such relief. See Id. § 19l5(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 any of the grounds listed above, he cannot bring another action in forinapauperis unLess he is in imminent danger of serious physical injury. See Id. § 1915(g). In this case, plaintiff has not paid the $400.00 filing fee, and his application to proceed in forina pauper/s is incomplete. Plaintiff failed to include with his application a certified six-month prisoner account statement. Therefore, the application will be denied without prejudice. Accordingly, the Clerk of the Court will be ordered to administratively close the case. Plaintiff 7 may reopen this action, however, by either paying the filing fee or submitting a complete in forum pauperis application. 1 DATED: October 26, 2017 KE1/IN MCNULW United States District Judge 3

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