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Jacques v. Arpaio

United States District Court, Ninth Circuit

October 23, 2013

Albert Jacques, Plaintiff,
v.
Joseph M. Arpaio, et al., Defendants.

ORDER

G. MURRAY SNOW, District Judge.

Plaintiff Albert Jacques, who is confined in the Towers Jail in Phoenix, Arizona, has filed a pro se civil rights Complaint pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and an Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis (Doc. 2). The Court will deny the deficient Application to Proceed and will give Plaintiff 30 days to pay the filing and administrative fees or file a complete Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis.

I. Payment of Filing Fee

When bringing an action, a prisoner must either pay the $350.00 filing fee and a $50.00 administrative fee in a lump sum or, if granted the privilege of proceeding in forma pauperis, pay the $350.00 filing fee[1] incrementally as set forth in 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1). An application to proceed in forma pauperis requires an affidavit of indigence and a certified copy of the inmate's trust account statement for the six months preceding the filing of the Complaint. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(2). An inmate must submit statements from each institution where the inmate was confined during the six-month period. Id. To assist prisoners in meeting these requirements, the Court requires use of a form application. LRCiv 3.4.

If a prisoner is granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis, the Court will assess an initial partial filing fee of 20% of either the average monthly deposits or the average monthly balance in Plaintiff's account, whichever is greater. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(1). An initial partial filing fee will only be collected when funds exist. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(4). The balance of the $350.00 filing fee will be collected in monthly payments of 20% of the preceding month's income credited to an inmate's account, each time the amount in the account exceeds $10.00. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(2).

II. Application Fails to Comply With Statute

Plaintiff has used the court-approved form, but the "Certificate of Correctional Official as to Status of Applicant's Trust Account" section is also not completed, and Plaintiff has not submitted a certified six-month trust account statement. In light of these deficiencies, the Court will deny the Application to Proceed and will give Plaintiff 30 days to either pay the $400.00 filing and administrative fees or file a complete Application to Proceed In Forma Pauperis.

III. Warnings

A. Address Changes

Plaintiff must file and serve a notice of a change of address in accordance with Rule 83.3(d) of the Local Rules of Civil Procedure


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