Ville v. First Choice in Home Care
ORDER directing Clerk to forward to the Screening Committee Ms. Ville's complaint 5 , her 2 motion for court-appointed counsel and a copy of this order. The motion 2 to appoint counsel is renoted for 5/8/2017. Signed by Judge James L. Robart. (PM) cc: Plaintiff via the USPO; copy to S. Haas
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON
CASE NO. C17-0548JLR
FIRST CHOICE IN HOME CARE,
ORDER REFERRING MOTION
TO APPOINT COUNSEL TO
Before the court is Plaintiff Isatu Ville’s motion to appoint counsel. (Mot. (Dkt.
# 2).) Ms. Ville is proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis. (4/11/17 Order (Dkt. # 4).)
The court has discretion to request a court-appointed attorney on Ms. Ville’s behalf, see
28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(1), and this District has implemented a plan for court-appointed
representation of civil rights litigants. The plan requires the court to assess a plaintiff’s
case before forwarding it to the Pro Bono Screening Committee for further review and
possible appointment of pro bono counsel. See General Order, August 1, 2010, Section
3(c) (In re Amended Plan for the Representation of Pro Se Litigants in Civil Rights
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Actions). In its initial assessment, the court evaluates the case to determine that it is not
frivolous and that the plaintiff is financially eligible. Id. Ms. Ville’s submissions satisfy
the court that there is an adequate basis to refer her case to the Screening Committee.
(See Mot. at 4; Compl. (Dkt. # 5).)
Accordingly, the court DIRECTS the Clerk to forward to the Screening
Committee Ms. Ville’s complaint (Dkt. # 5), her motion for court-appointed counsel
(Dkt. # 2), and a copy of this order. See General Order, August 1, 2010, Section 3(c).
The court DIRECTS the Screening Committee to review the case and make a
recommendation to the court in accordance with the District’s pro bono plan and the rules
for the pro bono panel on or before May 8, 2017. The court also DIRECTS the Clerk to
renote Ms. Ville’s motion to appoint counsel (Dkt. # 2) for May 8, 2017, pending the
Screening Committee’s recommendation. See General Order, August 1, 2010, Section
Dated this 13th day of April, 2017.
JAMES L. ROBART
United States District Judge
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