Allen v. Utah State Prison et al
MEMORANDUM DECISION & ORDER Requiring Martinez Report and Dispositive Motion. It is hereby ordered that : Defendants must within 90 days file a Martinez Report. denying 22 Motion to Appoint Counsel. See order for details. Signed by Judge David Nuffer on 11/16/2017. (kpf)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF UTAH
PAUL CHRISTOPHER ALLEN,
DOUG COOK et al.,
MEMORANDUM DECISION & ORDER
REQUIRING MARTINEZ REPORT
AND DISPOSITIVE MOTION
Case No. 2:16-CV-324-DN
District Judge David Nuffer
Plaintiff, Paul Christopher Allen, an inmate at Utah State Prison, filed this pro se civil
rights suit, see 42 U.S.C.S. § 1983 (2017). Defendants have answered the Amended Complaint.
The Court now orders Defendants to file a Martinez report 1 and dispositive motion as follows:
(A) If Defendants wish to assert the affirmative defense of Plaintiff's failure to exhaust
administrative remedies in a grievance process, Defendants must,
within 90 days, prepare and file a Martinez report limited to the exhaustion
See Martinez v. Aaron, 570 F.2d 317 (10th Cir. 1978) (approving district court’s practice of ordering prison
administration to prepare report to be included in pleadings in cases when prisoner has filed suit alleging
constitutional violation against institution officials).
In Gee v. Estes, 829 F.2d 1005 (10th Cir. 1987), the Tenth Circuit explained the nature and function of a
Martinez report, saying:
Under the Martinez procedure, the district judge or a United States magistrate
[judge] to whom the matter has been referred will direct prison officials to
respond in writing to the various allegations, supporting their response by
affidavits and copies of internal disciplinary rules and reports. The purpose of
the Martinez report is to ascertain whether there is a factual as well as a legal
basis for the prisoner's claims. This, of course, will allow the court to dig
beneath the conclusional allegations. These reports have proved useful to
determine whether the case is so devoid of merit as to warrant dismissal without
Id. at 1007.
within 120 days, file a separate summary judgment motion, with a supporting
(B) If Defendants choose not to rely on the defense of failure to exhaust and wish to
pierce the allegations of the Complaint, Defendants must,
(i) within 90 days, prepare and file a Martinez report addressing the substance of
the complaint; and,
(ii) within 120 days, file a separate summary judgment motion, with a supporting
(C) If Defendants wish to seek relief otherwise contemplated under the procedural rules
(e.g., requesting an evidentiary hearing), Defendants must file an appropriate motion
within 90 days of filing their answer.
The parties shall take note that local rules governing civil cases are in effect. The Local
Rules and Updated Rules are posted on the Court's website. All requirements are important but
the most significant are those in motion practice and sealed filings. This Court will order the
parties to refile summary-judgment motions which do not follow the standards. See D. Utah Civ.
R. 5-2 (Filing Cases and Documents under Court Seal); id. 7-1 (Motions and Memoranda); id.
26-2 (Standard Protective Order and Stays of Depositions); id. 56-1 (Summary Judgment:
Motions and Supporting Memoranda).
Plaintiff is notified that Plaintiff may, within 30 days of its filing, respond to a Martinez
report if desired. Plaintiff is further notified that Plaintiff must, within 30 days of its filing,
respond to the summary-judgment motion. Plaintiff is finally notified that, when Defendants
move for summary judgment, Plaintiff may not rest upon the mere allegations in the complaint.
Instead, as required by Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 56(e), to survive a motion for summary
judgment Plaintiff must allege specific facts, admissible in evidence, showing that there is a
genuine issue remaining for trial.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
(1) Defendants must within 90 days file a Martinez report.
(2) When served with a Martinez report, Plaintiff may submit a response within 30 days
of the report’s filing date.
(3) Defendants must within 120 days file a summary-judgment motion.
(4) When served with a summary-judgment motion, Plaintiff must submit a response
within 30 days of the motion’s filing date.
(5) If requesting relief otherwise contemplated under the procedural rules, Defendants
must do so within 90 days.
(6) Plaintiff’s renewed motion for appointed counsel is DENIED, (see Docket Entry #
22), for the same reasons the Court used in denying Plaintiff’s initial motion for appointed
counsel, (see id. # 17).
DATED this 16th day of November, 2017.
BY THE COURT:
CHIEF JUDGE DAVID NUFFER
United States District Court
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