Flora Grace Dozier, Plaintiff-appellant, v. United States Department of Education, Defendant-appellee, 892 F.2d 1045 (9th Cir. 1989)Annotate this Case
Submitted Sept. 1, 1989. *Decided Dec. 14, 1989
Before BROWNING, KOZINSKI and RYMER, Circuit Judges.
Flora Grace Dozier appeals pro se from the judgment of the district court dismissing with prejudice, pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 37(b) (1), 37(b) (2) (C) and 41(b), her employment discrimination claim against the United States Department of Education for failure to obey court orders and to participate in discovery proceedings. We review the dismissal for abuse of discretion. Malone v. United States Postal Service, 833 F.2d 128, 130 (9th Cir. 1987).
The district court made every reasonable effort to accommodate Ms. Dozier. Ms. Dozier's repeated failures to comply with discovery requests and judicial orders were identified by the district court in its order of dismissal and are confirmed by the record. The district court is best equipped to assess the circumstances of noncompliance with its orders; its determination of disobedience is entitled to weight. Toth v. Trans World Airlines, Inc., 862 F.2d 1381, 1385 (9th Cir. 1988). We cannot say with definite and firm conviction that dismissal was outside the acceptable range of sanctions. See Chism v. National Heritage Life Ins. Co., 637 F.2d 1328, 1331 (9th Cir. 1981).