Woody v. Kelley et al
ORDER DIRECTING PLAINTIFF TO COMPLY WITH 28 U.S.C. §§ 1915(a)(1)-(2) OR PAY THE $400 CIVIL FILING FEE. Signed by Judge James D. Todd on 6/9/2020. (mbm)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE
ANDREW KELLEY, ET AL.,
ORDER DIRECTING PLAINTIFF TO COMPLY WITH
28 U.S.C. §§ 1915(a)(1)-(2) OR PAY THE $400 CIVIL FILING FEE
On June 8, 2020, Plaintiff Cornilios Woody, who is incarcerated at the Obion
County Jail in Union City, Tennessee, filed a pro se civil complaint. (ECF No. 1.)
However, Plaintiff neglected to submit either the $400 civil filing fee required by 28 U.S.C.
§§ 1914(a)-(b) or a proper application to proceed in forma pauperis.
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).1
Although the obligation to pay the fee accrues at the moment the case is filed, see McGore
v. Wrigglesworth, 114 F.3d 601, 605 (6th Cir. 1997), partially overruled on other grounds
The civil filing fee is $350. See 28 U.S.C. § 1914(a). The Schedule of Fees set out
following the statute also requires the Clerk to collect an administrative fee of $50 for filing any
civil case. However, the additional $50 fee will not apply if Plaintiff ultimately is granted leave
to proceed in forma pauperis.
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. However, in order to take advantage of the installment procedures,
the prisoner must complete and submit to the district court, along with the complaint, an in
forma pauperis affidavit and a certified copy of his inmate trust account statement for the
last six months. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(2).
Plaintiff is ORDERED to submit, within 30 days after the date of this order, either
the entire $400 civil filing fee or a properly completed and signed application to proceed
in forma pauperis along with a certified copy of his inmate trust account statement for the
last six months. The Clerk is directed to mail Plaintiff a copy of the prisoner in forma
pauperis affidavit form along with this order. If Plaintiff needs additional time to submit
the necessary documents, he may, within 30 days after the date of this order, file a motion
for an extension of time.2
If Plaintiff timely submits the necessary documents and the Court finds that he is
indeed indigent, the Court will grant leave to proceed in forma pauperis and assess only a
$350 filing fee in accordance with the installment procedures of § 1915(b). However, if
Plaintiff fails to comply with this order in a timely manner the Court will deny leave to
proceed in forma pauperis, assess the entire $400 filing fee from his inmate trust account
without regard to the installment procedures, and dismiss the action without further notice
If Plaintiff is unable to obtain a trust account statement from prison officials, he should
so notify the Court. Even if he cannot obtain a trust account statement, however, Plaintiff still
must submit an in forma pauperis affidavit.
for failure to prosecute, pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(b). McGore, 114
F.3d at 605.3
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. Failure to abide by this
requirement may likewise result in the dismissal of this case without further notice, for
failure to prosecute.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/ James D. Todd
JAMES D. TODD
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Even a voluntary dismissal by Plaintiff will not eliminate the obligation to pay the filing
fee. McGore, 114 F.3d at 607; see also In re Alea, 286 F.3d 378, 381 (6th Cir. 2002).
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