Rogers v. Borden et al
AMENDED ORDER GRANTING LEAVE TO PROCEED IN FORMA PAUPERIS AND ASSESSING $350 FILING FEE IN ACCORDANCE WITH PLRA 4 . Signed by Judge James D. Todd on 5/31/17. (Todd, James)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE
ARTHOR THOMAS ROGERS a/k/a
ARTHUR THOMAS ROGERS,
JOHN BORDEN, ET AL.,
AMENDED1 ORDER GRANTING LEAVE TO PROCEED IN FORMA PAUPERIS
AND ASSESSING $350 FILING FEE IN ACCORDANCE WITH PLRA
On May 12, 2017, Arthor Thomas Rogers, Tennessee Department of Correction prisoner
number 480399, who is incarcerated at the Hardeman County Correctional Facility (“HCCF”) in
Whiteville, Tennessee, filed a pro se civil complaint and a motion to proceed in forma pauperis.
(ECF Nos. 1 & 2.)
Under the Prison Litigation Reform Act (“PLRA”), 28 U.S.C. §§ 1915(a)-(b), a prisoner
bringing a civil action must pay the filing fee required by 28 U.S.C. § 1914(a).2 Although the
obligation to pay the fee accrues at the moment the case is filed, see McGore v. Wrigglesworth, 114
An order assessing the filing fee was first issued on May 17, 2017. (ECF No. 4.)
However, that order inadvertently contained the wrong prisoner number.
Twenty-eight U.S.C. § 1914(a) requires a civil filing fee of $350. However, pursuant to
§ 1914(b), “[t]he clerk shall collect from the parties such additional fees . . . as are prescribed by
the Judicial Conference of the United States.” The Judicial Conference has prescribed an
additional administrative fee of $50 for filing any civil case, except for cases in which the
plaintiff is granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis under 28 U.S.C. § 1915. As the Court is
granting leave to proceed in forma pauperis in this case pursuant to the terms of the PLRA,
Plaintiff is not liable for the additional $50 fee.
F.3d 601, 605 (6th Cir. 1997), partially overruled on other grounds by LaFountain v. Harry, 716
F.3d 944, 951 (6th Cir. 2013), the PLRA provides the prisoner the opportunity to make a “down
payment” of a partial filing fee and pay the remainder in installments. Id. at 604. In this case,
Plaintiff has properly submitted an in forma pauperis affidavit and an inmate trust account
statement, as required by 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(2). The motion to proceed in forma pauperis is
GRANTED in accordance with the terms of the PLRA.
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1), it is ORDERED that Plaintiff cooperate fully with prison
officials in carrying out this order. It is further ORDERED that the trust account officer at
Plaintiff’s prison shall calculate a partial initial filing fee equal to twenty percent (20%) of the
greater of the average balance in or deposits to Plaintiff’s trust account for the six months
immediately preceding the completion of the affidavit. When the account contains any funds, the
trust account officer shall collect them and pay them directly to the Clerk of the Court. If the funds
in Plaintiff’s account are insufficient to pay the full amount of the initial partial filing fee, the trust
account officer is instructed to withdraw all of the funds in the Plaintiff’s account and forward them
to the Clerk of the Court.
On each occasion that funds are subsequently credited to Plaintiff’s account the trust account
officer shall immediately withdraw those funds and forward them to the Clerk of Court, until the
initial filing fee is paid in full.
It is further ORDERED that after the initial partial filing fee is fully paid, the trust account
officer shall withdraw from Plaintiff’s account and pay to the Clerk of this Court monthly payments
equal to twenty percent (20%) of all deposits credited to Plaintiff’s account during the preceding
month, but only when the amount in the account exceeds $10, until the $350 filing fee is paid.
Each time the trust account officer makes a payment to the Court as required by this order,
he shall print a copy of the prisoner’s account statement showing all activity in the account since the
last payment under this order and submit it to the Clerk along with the payment. All payments and
accounts statements shall be sent to:
Clerk, United States District Court, Western District of Tennessee
111 S. Highland Ave., Rm. 262, Jackson, TN 38301
and shall clearly identify Plaintiff’s name and the case number as included on the first page of this
If Plaintiff is transferred to a different prison or released, he is ORDERED to notify the Court
immediately, in writing, of his change of address. If still confined, he shall provide the officials at
the new facility with a copy of this order. If Plaintiff fails to abide by these or any other
requirements of this order, the Court may impose appropriate sanctions, up to and including
dismissal of this action, without any additional notice or hearing by the Court.
The Clerk shall mail a copy of this order to the prison official in charge of prison trust fund
accounts at Plaintiff’s prison. The Clerk is further ORDERED to forward a copy of this order to the
Warden of the HCCF to ensure that the custodian of Plaintiff’s inmate trust account complies with
that portion of the PLRA pertaining to the payment of filing fees.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/ James D. Todd
JAMES D. TODD
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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