Ville v. First Choice in Home Care

Filing 6

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

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE 8 9 10 ISATU VILLE, CASE NO. C17-0548JLR Plaintiff, 11 v. 12 13 FIRST CHOICE IN HOME CARE, Defendant. 14 15 ORDER REFERRING MOTION TO APPOINT COUNSEL TO SCREENING COMMITTEE Before the court is Plaintiff Isatu Ville’s motion to appoint counsel. (Mot. (Dkt. 16 # 2).) Ms. Ville is proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis. (4/11/17 Order (Dkt. # 4).) 17 The court has discretion to request a court-appointed attorney on Ms. Ville’s behalf, see 18 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(1), and this District has implemented a plan for court-appointed 19 representation of civil rights litigants. The plan requires the court to assess a plaintiff’s 20 case before forwarding it to the Pro Bono Screening Committee for further review and 21 possible appointment of pro bono counsel. See General Order, August 1, 2010, Section 22 3(c) (In re Amended Plan for the Representation of Pro Se Litigants in Civil Rights ORDER - 1 1 Actions). In its initial assessment, the court evaluates the case to determine that it is not 2 frivolous and that the plaintiff is financially eligible. Id. Ms. Ville’s submissions satisfy 3 the court that there is an adequate basis to refer her case to the Screening Committee. 4 (See Mot. at 4; Compl. (Dkt. # 5).) 5 Accordingly, the court DIRECTS the Clerk to forward to the Screening 6 Committee Ms. Ville’s complaint (Dkt. # 5), her motion for court-appointed counsel 7 (Dkt. # 2), and a copy of this order. See General Order, August 1, 2010, Section 3(c). 8 The court DIRECTS the Screening Committee to review the case and make a 9 recommendation to the court in accordance with the District’s pro bono plan and the rules 10 for the pro bono panel on or before May 8, 2017. The court also DIRECTS the Clerk to 11 renote Ms. Ville’s motion to appoint counsel (Dkt. # 2) for May 8, 2017, pending the 12 Screening Committee’s recommendation. See General Order, August 1, 2010, Section 13 3(f). 14 Dated this 13th day of April, 2017. 15 16 A 17 JAMES L. ROBART United States District Judge 18 19 20 21 22 ORDER - 2

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