Davis v. Clark et al (INMATE1), No. 2:2005cv00429 - Document 3 (M.D. Ala. 2005)

Court Description: ORDER AND OPINION directing monthly payments be made from Inmate's Prison Account until fee is paid in full; granting 2 Affidavit for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis except to the extent payment is required under this order. Copies mailed to plaintiff and account clerk at Covington County Jail. Signed by Judge Susan Russ Walker on 5/11/2005. (dmn)
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Davis v. Clark et al (INMATE1) Doc. 3 Case 2:05-cv-00429-MEF-SRW Document 3 Filed 05/11/2005 Page 1 of 4 IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF ALABAMA NORTHERN DIVISION ROBERT MICHAEL DAVIS, Plaintiff, v. ANTHONY CLARK, et al., Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) CIVIL ACTION NO. 2:05-CV-429-F WO ORDER AND OPINION ON MOTION NOTICE TO PRIS ONERS : Pursuant to the 1996 revisions to 28 U.S .C. § 1915, the requisite procedures for filing civil acti on s in forma pauperis have substantially changed. Additionally, in accordance with the provi s i ons of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005, the filing fee for civil actions has increased to $250. The attached notice contains an explanation of these changes. Upon consideration of the motion for leave to p roceed in forma pauperis filed by the plaintiff on May 9, 2005 (Court Doc. No. 2), and for good cause, it is ORDERED that such motion be and is hereby GRANTED. In accordance with the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1), a p risoner who seeks to proceed in forma pauperis in a civil act ion or on appeal is required to pay the full amount of the requisite filing fee. Upon review of the financial information provided to the Dockets.Justia.com Case 2:05-cv-00429-MEF-SRW Document 3 Filed 05/11/2005 Page 2 of 4 court, it appears that the plaintiff lacks the requisite funds in his prison account for this court to require payment of either the entire filing fee or an initial partial filing fee. However, under the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1), t his court must "assess and, when funds exist, collect" the $250.00 filing fee from monies available to the p laintiff. In light of the foregoing and in accordance with the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(2), it is further ORDERED that: 1. The plaintiff shall make monthly payments of 20 percent of each preceding month's income credited to his account as payments towards the $250.00 filing fee. 2. Those persons having custody of the plaintiff shall forward the above described payments from the plaintiff's account to the clerk of this court each time the amount in the plaintiff's account exceeds $10.00 until the $250.00 filing fee is paid in full. Id. To aid the plaintiff and t hose p ersons having custody of the plaintiff in complying with the requirements of this order, the clerk is DIRECTED to furnish a copy of this order to the inmate account clerk at the Covington County Jail. The plaintiff is advised that if this case is dismissed for any reason he remains obligated to pay the $250.00 filing fee. The filing fee will be collected from any funds which become available to the plaintiff and will be forwarded to this court by those persons having custody of the plaintiff pursuant to the directives contained in this order. Additionally, the plaint iff is advised that if he files a notice of appeal he will likewise 2 Case 2:05-cv-00429-MEF-SRW Document 3 Filed 05/11/2005 Page 3 of 4 be required to pay the requisite appellate filing fee which is currently $255.00. Thus, if at the time the plaintiff files a notice of ap p eal he has the necessary funds to pay the $255.00 filing fee, he must submit such amount to the court with the notice of appeal. If the requisite funds are not available and the plaintiff seeks to proceed in forma pauperis on his appeal, he must complete an affidavit in support of such request and supply the court with a certified copy of his prison account statement for the 6-month period preceding t he filing of the appeal. However, t he p laintiff is informed that regardless of this court's determination on his in forma pauperis motion the entire appellate filing fee will be collected from those persons having custody of him from funds available in his prison account in a manner similar to that outlined in this order. DONE, this 11th day of May, 2005. /s/ Susan Russ Walker SUSAN RUSS WALKER UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 3 Case 2:05-cv-00429-MEF-SRW Document 3 Filed 05/11/2005 Page 4 of 4 NOTICE INFORMATION TO PRISONERS SEEKING LEAVE TO PROCEED IN FORMA PAUPERIS PURSUANT TO 28 U.S.C. § 1915 IN CIVIL ACTIONS BEFORE ANY FEDERAL COURT In accordance with 1996 amendments to the in forma pauperis (IFP) statute governing civil actions in federal court, as a prisoner you will be obligated to pay the full filing fee of $250.00 for a ci vi l acti on . If you later file an appeal, the filing fee for the appeal is $255.00 and you will likewise be responsible for p ayment of such fee. Thus, if at the time you file your action you have the funds available to pay the req u i s i te filing fee, you must send such amount to the court with your complaint or notice of appeal and, if appropriate, your IFP application. If you do not have enough money to pay the full filing fee when your action is fi l ed, you can file the action without prepayment of the filing fee. However, the court will assess and, when funds exist, collect an initial partial filing fee. The initial partial filing fee will be equal t o 20 percent of the average monthly depos i t s t o your prison or jail account for the six months immediately preceding the filing of the lawsuit, or 20 percent of t he average monthly balance in your prison or jail account for that same six month period, whichever i s greater. The court will order that you make the initial partial filing fee out of your prison or jail account or any ot her funds you have indicated are available to you. If you fail to s u b mit the initial partial filing fee, your case will be dismissed and the full amou n t of th e filing fee will be collected from those persons having custody of you. After the ini t i al part i al filing fee has been paid, you will be responsible for paying the balance of the filing fee. To fulfill your obligation for payment of the full filing fee, each month you will owe 20 percent of your preceding month s income toward t he bal ance on the filing fee. Pursuant to an order of the court, the agency that has custody of you wi l l col l ect that money and send payments to the court any time the amount in the account exceeds $10.00. You are advised that the bal ance of the filing fee will be collected even if the acti on i s s u bsequently dismissed for any reason, summary judgment is granted against you, or you fail to prevail at trial. In order to proceed with an action or appeal in forma pauper is you must complete the affidavit in support of your request to proceed i n f or ma pauperis and supply the court with a certified copy of your prisoner account statement for the 6-m onth period preceding the filing of the complaint or notice of appeal and return it to the court with your cause of act i on. If you submit an incomplete form or do not submit a prison or jail account statement with the form, your reques t t o proceed in forma pauperis will be denied. Regardl es s of wh ether some or all of the filing fee has been paid, the court is required to screen you r complaint and to dismiss the complaint if (1) your allegation of poverty is u ntrue; (2) the action is frivolous or malicious; (3) your complaint does not state a cl ai m on which rel i ef can b e granted; or (4) you sue a defendant for money damages and that defendant is immune from liability for money damages. If on three or more occas i on s you have filed actions or appeals while a prisoner which were dismissed as frivolous or malicious or for failure to state a claim on which relief can be granted, then you will be prohibited from bringing any other actions in forma pauperis unless you are in immin ent danger of serious physical injury. In such cases, your request to proceed in forma pauperis wi l l be denied and you will be required to pay the appropriate filing fee before proceeding in your civil action.