ALF, a minor child b/n/f Jennifer Freeman et al v. Jones et al
ORDER CLOSING CASE ADMINISTRATIVELY. Signed by Chief Judge S. Thomas Anderson on 8/11/17. (Anderson, S. Thomas)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE
ALF, a minor child b/n/f JENNIFER
FREEMAN, JENNIFER FREEMAN,
AND MICHAEL FREEMAN,
SHERITA JONES, et al.,
ORDER CLOSING CASE ADMINISTRATIVELY
Based upon the statements of the parties at the status conference on August 11, 2017, the
Court finds that this matter should be closed administratively pending the outcome of the
underlying criminal matter.
Administratively closing a case is a case-management tool used by district courts to obtain
an accurate count of active cases. Citifinancial Corp. v. Harrison, 453 F.3d 245 (5th Cir. 2006).
That is, the court may close a case administratively for statistical purposes. See Corion Corp. v.
Chen, 964 F.2d 55, 56-57 (1st Cir. 1992) (Administrative closings comprise a familiar, albeit
essentially ad hoc, way in which courts remove cases from their active files without making any
final adjudication.) See also Lehman v. Revolution Portfolio L.L.C., 166 F.3d 389 (1st Cir. 1999)
(AThis method is used in various districts throughout the nation in order to shelve pending, but
Lehman “endorsed the judicious use of administrative closings in
circumstances in which a case, though not dead, is likely to remain moribund for an appreciable
period of time.” Id. at 392 n. 3.
Consequently, the Clerk of Court is DIRECTED to close the case for statistical purposes.
Nothing contained in this order shall be considered as a dismissal or disposition of this action.
Should further proceedings become necessary, either party may initiate that proceeding in the
same manner as if this order had not been entered.
Defendants’ motion to stay (ECF No. 25) is DENIED as unnecessary.
All dates, including the trial of this matter, shall be removed from the calendar.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/ S. Thomas Anderson
S. THOMAS ANDERSON
CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Date: August 11, 2017
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