BARNES v. WARREN et al, No. 1:2021cv20466 - Document 5 (D.N.J. 2022)

Court Description: OPINION. Signed by Judge Noel L. Hillman on 1/10/2022. (rtm, )(nm)
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BARNES v. WARREN et al Doc. 5 Case 1:21-cv-20466-NLH Document 5 Filed 01/10/22 Page 1 of 3 PageID: 23 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY ______________________________ : JAMES BARNES, : : Petitioner, : Civ. No. 21-20466 (NLH) : v. : OPINION : : : EUGENE CALDWELL, : : Respondent. : ______________________________: APPEARANCE: James Barnes 88173/ B-Pod Cumberland County Department Of Corrections 54 W. Broad Street Bridgeton, NJ 08302 Petitioner Pro se HILLMAN, District Judge Petitioner James Barnes has filed a petition for writ of habeas corpus under 28 U.S.C. § 2241.1 See ECF No. 1. Filing Fee The filing fee for a petition for writ of habeas corpus is $5.00. Pursuant to Local Civil Rule 54.3(a), the filing fee is required to be paid at the time the petition is presented for 1 Petitioner names both the former warden of the Cumberland County Jail, Charles Warren, and the current warden, Eugene Caldwell, as respondents. Petitions under § 2241 are properly filed against the petitioner’s current custodian; therefore, the Court will dismiss the former warden from the action. Dockets.Justia.com Case 1:21-cv-20466-NLH Document 5 Filed 01/10/22 Page 2 of 3 PageID: 24 filing. Pursuant to Local Civil Rule 81.2(b), whenever a prisoner submits a petition for writ of habeas corpus and seeks to proceed in forma pauperis, that petitioner must submit (a) an affidavit setting forth information which establishes that the petitioner is unable to pay the fees and costs of the proceedings, and (b) a certification signed by an authorized officer of the institution certifying (1) the amount presently on deposit in the prisoner’s prison account and, (2) the greatest amount on deposit in the prisoner’s institutional account during the six-month period prior to the date of the certification. If the institutional account of the petitioner exceeds $200, the petitioner shall not be considered eligible to proceed in forma pauperis. L. Civ. R. 81.2(c). Here, Petitioner has failed to either include the $5 filing fee or an application to proceed in forma pauperis. Petitioner must either submit the $5 filing fee or a complete application to proceed in forma pauperis for his habeas petition to be considered. Conclusion For the reason set forth above, the Clerk of Court will be ordered to administratively terminate this Petition without prejudice.2 Petitioner will be granted leave to apply to re-open Such an administrative termination is not a “dismissal” for purposes of the statute of limitations, and if the case is re2 2 Case 1:21-cv-20466-NLH Document 5 Filed 01/10/22 Page 3 of 3 PageID: 25 within thirty (30) days, by paying the filing fee of $5.00 or submitting a complete in forma pauperis application. An appropriate Order will be entered. Dated:January 10, 2022 At Camden, New Jersey s/ Noel L. Hillman NOEL L. HILLMAN, U.S.D.J. opened pursuant to the terms of the accompanying Order, it is not subject to the statute of limitations time bar if it was originally submitted timely. See Houston v. Lack, 487 U.S. 266 (1988) (prisoner mailbox rule); Papotto v. Hartford Life & Acc. Ins. Co., 731 F.3d 265, 275-76 (3d Cir. 2013) (collecting cases and explaining that a District Court retains jurisdiction over, and can re-open, administratively closed cases). 3