Evans v. Odom et al
SECOND ORDER DIRECTING PLAINTIFF TO FILE A NON-PRISONER IN FORMA PAUPERIS AFFIDAVIT OR PAY THE $400 CIVIL FILING FEE. Signed by Judge James D. Todd on 1/9/17. (Todd, James)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE
TERRANCE LYNN EVANS,
BILL ODOM, ET AL.,
SECOND ORDER DIRECTING PLAINTIFF TO FILE A NON-PRISONER
IN FORMA PAUPERIS AFFIDAVIT OR PAY THE $400 CIVIL FILING FEE
Plaintiff Terrance Lynn Evans, who was, at the time, incarcerated at the Shelby County
Correctional Center in Memphis, Tennessee, filed a pro se complaint pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983
and a motion seeking leave to proceed in forma pauperis. (ECF Nos. 1 & 2.) The Court issued an
order on October 24, 2016, granting leave to proceed in forma pauperis and assessing the civil filing
fee pursuant to the Prison Litigation Reform Act (“PLRA”), 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)-(b). (ECF No. 6.)
On December 1, 2016, the Clerk received a notice from Plaintiff stating that he was being released
on November 25, 2016. (ECF No. 7.) Accordingly, the Court ordered Plaintiff to submit either a
non-prisoner in forma pauperis affidavit or the entire $400 civil filing fee within thirty days. (ECF
On December 5, 2016, the Clerk received a notice indicating that Plaintiff was still
incarcerated and would not be released until December 25, 2016. (ECF No. 9.) Plaintiff then
confirmed his release and his new address on January 9, 2017. (ECF No. 10.) However, he has not
complied with the order to either submit a non-prisoner affidavit or pay the filing fee.
As Plaintiff was not released when he originally expected, the Court will give him another
opportunity to comply with the prior order. Because the filing fee was not paid pursuant to the
PLRA’s installment procedures prior to Plaintiff’s release, “the obligation to pay the remainder of
the fees is to be determined solely on the question of whether [he] qualifies for pauper status.”
McGore v. Wrigglesworth, 114 F.3d 601, 613 (6th Cir. 1997), partially overruled on other grounds
by LaFountain v. Harry, 716 F.3d 944, 951 (6th Cir. 2013).
Therefore, Plaintiff is again ORDERED to submit, within thirty (30) days after the date of
this order, either a non-prisoner in forma pauperis affidavit or the entire $400 civil filing fee.1 The
Clerk shall mail Plaintiff another copy of the non-prisoner in forma pauperis affidavit form along
with this order.
Failure to comply with this order in a timely manner will result in the dismissal of this action
without further notice, pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(b), for failure to prosecute.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/ James D. Todd
JAMES D. TODD
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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 seeking habeas
corpus and cases in which the plaintiff is granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis under 28
U.S.C. § 1915. Because Plaintiff initially was granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis in
accordance with the PLRA, the Court did not assess the additional $50 fee. However, if Plaintiff
now chooses to pay the entire filing fee instead of seeking pauper status, he must also pay the
$50 administrative fee.
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