Schaffers v. Methodist LeBonheur

Filing 7

ORDER Directing Plaintiff to File a Properly Completed In Forma Pauperis Affidavit or Pay the Civil Filing Fee. Signed by Chief Magistrate Judge Tu M. Pham on May 10, 2024. (cmd)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE WESTERN DIVISION ________________________________________________________________ CHRISTOPHER SCHAFFERS, ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) vs. ) No. 24-cv-2258-TLP-tmp ) METHODIST LEBONHEUR, ) ) Defendant. ) ________________________________________________________________ ORDER DIRECTING PLAINTIFF TO FILE A PROPERLY COMPLETED IN FORMA PAUPERIS AFFIDAVIT OR PAY THE CIVIL FILING FEE ________________________________________________________________ On April 22, 2024, Plaintiff Christopher Schaffers, a resident of Memphis, Tennessee, filed a pro se complaint and a motion to proceed in forma pauperis. (ECF Nos. 1 & 3.) Federal law provides that the clerk of each district court shall require the parties instituting any civil action, suit or proceeding in such court, whether by original process, removal or otherwise, to pay a filing fee of $405. 1 28 U.S.C. § 1914(a). To ensure access to the courts, however, 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a) permits in indigent plaintiff to avoid payment of filing fees by 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 only as are prescribed by the Judicial Conference of the United States.” The Judicial Conference has prescribed, effective May 1, 2013, an additional administrative fee of $52, which was increased to $55 on December 1, 2023, 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. 1 filing an in forma pauperis affidavit. Under that section, the Court must conduct a satisfactory inquiry into the plaintiff’s ability to pay the filing fee and prosecute the lawsuit. A plaintiff seeking in forma pauperis status must respond fully to all the questions on the Court’s in forma pauperis form and execute the affidavit in compliance with requirements contained in 28 U.S.C. § 1746. the certification See, e.q., Reynolds v. Fed. Bur. of Prisons, 30 F. App’x 574 (6th Cir. 2002); Broque v. Fort Knox Fed. Credit Union, No. 96-1896, 1997 WL 242032 (6th Cir. May 8, 1997). In this case, Plaintiff’s motion to proceed in forma pauperis does not provide the Court with sufficient financial information to determine if Plaintiff is unable to pay the civil filing fee. The Plaintiff states on the application to proceed in forma pauperis at number 11 that he has started a new job, but he has not included the amount now being earned in section 1, Income amount expected next month. The plaintiff is ORDERED to either submit a properly completed and executed in forma pauperis application or pay the $405.00 civil filing fee within thirty (30) days after the date of this order. The Clerk is directed to send Plaintiff a copy of the non-prisoner in forma pauperis affidavit along with this order. Failure to comply in a timely manner with this order will result in a recommendation to the presiding district judge that - 2 - this action be dismissed pursuant to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 41(b). IT IS SO ORDER this 10th day of May, 2024. s/Tu M. Pham TU M. PHAM CHIEF UNITED STATE MAGISTRATE JUDGE - 3 -

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