Mendez v. Inmigration and Naturalisation Services Quarters - Document 13
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER granting 10 Plaintiff's Motion and Amended Motion for Leave to Appeal in forma pauperis and 12 . The filing fee shall be collected and remitted, as funds exist, in the manner set forth in 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(2). Unt il the full filing fee of $455.00 is paid, the prisoner shall be obligated to pay, and the agency having custody of the prisoner shall forward to the clerk of the court, 20 percent of the preceding months income in such months as the account exc eeds $10.00. The clerk of the court shall serve a copy of this order on the appropriate financial officer at plaintiffs current institution. The clerk of the court shall also provide the Court of Appeals with a copy of this memorandum and order.Ordered by Senior Judge Lyle E. Strom. (Copy mailed to pro se party and as directed)(MKR)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA MR. IVAN L. MENDEZ, ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) v. ) ) IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION) SERVICES QUARTERS, ) ) Defendant. ) ______________________________)
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court on plaintiff's motions for leave to appeal in forma pauperis ("IFP") (Filing Nos. 10 and 12). Plaintiff has filed a timely notice of appeal of the Plaintiff is a prisoner and has
Court's judgment (Filing No. 9).
previously been granted leave to proceed IFP in this matter (Filing No. 6). As set forth in Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 24(a)(3): (a) Leave to Proceed in Forma Pauperis . . . . (3) Prior Approval. A party who was permitted to proceed in forma pauperis in the district-court action, or who was determined to be financially unable to obtain an adequate defense in a criminal case, may proceed on appeal in forma pauperis without further authorization, unless the district court - before or after the notice of appeal is filed - certifies that the appeal is not taken in good faith or finds that the party is not otherwise entitled to
proceed in forma pauperis. In that event, the district court must state in writing its reasons for the certification or finding. The Court finds that because plaintiff proceeded IFP in the district court, he may now "proceed on appeal in forma pauperis without further authorization." Id.
However, pursuant to the Prison Litigation Reform Act ("PLRA"), a prisoner plaintiff is required to pay the full amount of the Court's $455.00 appellate filing fee by making monthly payments, even if the prisoner is proceeding IFP. 1915(b). 28 U.S.C. §
The PLRA "makes prisoners responsible for their filing
fees the moment the prisoner brings a civil action or files an appeal." Jackson v. N.P. Dodge Realty Co., 173 F. Supp. 2d 951
(D. Neb. 2001) (citing In re Tyler, 110 F.3d 528, 529 (8th Cir. 1997)). The appellate filing fee is assessed when the district Henderson v.
court receives the prisoner's notice of appeal. Norris, 129 F.3d 481, 485 (8th Cir. 1997).
Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1), plaintiff must pay an initial partial filing fee in the amount of 20 percent of the greater of plaintiff's average monthly account balance or average monthly deposits for the six months preceding the filing of the complaint. Here, plaintiff's trust account balance is $0.00, so the Court cannot assess an initial partial filing fee (Filing No. 3). However, as set forth in 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(4), "[i]n no -2-
event shall a prisoner be prohibited from bringing a civil action . . . for the reason that the prisoner has no assets and no means by which to pay the initial partial filing fee." When
the prisoner is unable to pay the initial partial filing fee due to a lack of funds, the requirement that the initial partial filing fee will be paid at the outset of the case is suspended. See Jackson, 173 F. Supp. 2d at 957 n.9. Instead, "the whole of
the . . . filing fees are to be collected and paid by the installment method contained in § 1915(b)(2)." Norris, 129 F.3d 481, 484 (8th Cir. 1997). Henderson v.
may proceed without payment of the initial partial filing fee as set forth below. Accordingly,
IT IS ORDERED: 1. Plaintiff's motion for leave to appeal IFP (Filing The filing fee shall be collected
Nos. 10 and 12) are granted.
and remitted, as funds exist, in the manner set forth in 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(2). Until the full filing fee of $455.00 is
paid, the prisoner shall be obligated to pay, and the agency having custody of the prisoner shall forward to the clerk of the court, 20 percent of the preceding month's income in such months as the account exceeds $10.00. 2. The clerk of the court shall serve a copy of this
order on the appropriate financial officer at plaintiff's current institution.
The clerk of the court shall also provide the
Court of Appeals with a copy of this memorandum and order. DATED this 28th day of January, 2010. BY THE COURT: /s/ Lyle E. Strom ____________________________ LYLE E. STROM, Senior Judge United States District Court