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Chambers v. Fratesi

United States District Court, W.D. Tennessee, Western Division

January 20, 2015

DeANDREW CHAMBERS, Plaintiff,
v.
TERRE FRATESI, ET AL., Defendants.

ORDER DIRECTING PLAINTIFF TO FILE UPDATED FINANCIAL INFORMATION OR PAY THE FULL $505 APPELLATE FILING FEE

JAMES D. TODD, District Judge.

Plaintiff DeAndrew Chambers, a prisoner acting pro se, filed a civil complaint pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. (ECF No. 1.) The Court granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis and assessed the civil filing fee pursuant to the Prison Litigation Reform Act ("PLRA"), 28 U.S.C. §§ 1915(a)-(b). (ECF No. 4.) On January 2, 2015, the Court dismissed the complaint sua sponte pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 1915(e)(2)(B)(ii)-(iii) and 1915A(b)(1)-(2); judgment was entered on January 6, 2015. (ECF Nos. 7 & 8.) The order of dismissal also certified that an appeal would not be taken in good faith. (ECF No. 7 at 15.) On January 16, 2015, Plaintiff filed a notice of appeal. (ECF No. 9.)

Generally, a plaintiff granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis is not required to pay filing fees. 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(1). Because Plaintiff is a prisoner, however, he must pay the entire $505 appellate filing fee, although he may be able to take advantage of the installment payment method of § 1915(b). See McGore v. Wrigglesworth, 114 F.3d 601, 604 (6th Cir. 1997), partially overruled on other grounds by LaFountain v. Harry, 716 F.3d 944, 951 (6th Cir. 2013). In order to take advantage of the installment procedures, a prisoner plaintiff must submit, along with the notice of appeal, an updated in forma pauperis affidavit and inmate trust account statement. Id. at 610; 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(2).

In this case, Plaintiff did not submit an updated in forma pauperis affidavit and trust account statement with the notice of appeal. Therefore, at the present time, he is not eligible to take advantage of the installment procedures of § 1915(b). Plaintiff is, however, liable to the Court for the full $505 appellate filing fee, which accrued at the moment the notice of appeal was filed. Accordingly, Plaintiff is hereby ORDERED to submit either the full $505 appellate filing fee or an updated in forma pauperis affidavit and trust account statement within 30 days after the date of this order. If Plaintiff needs additional time to file the required documents, he may request one 30-day extension of time from this Court.

If Plaintiff fails to file the required documents in a timely manner, the Court will deny leave to appeal in forma pauperis and assess the entire $505 filing fee from his inmate trust account without regard to the installment procedures, and the Sixth Circuit may dismiss the appeal for failure to prosecute. However, if Plaintiff timely submits the necessary documents and the Court finds that he is still indigent, then the Court will grant leave to appeal in forma pauperis and assess the filing fee in accordance with the installment procedures of 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b).

The Clerk is directed to provide Plaintiff with a copy of the prisoner affidavit form along with this order. The Clerk is further directed to notify the Sixth Circuit of the entry of this order.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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