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Jelks v. Klutz

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

March 26, 2015

TONNIE JELKS, Plaintiff,
v.
OFFICER KLUTZ, ET AL., Defendants.

ORDER DIRECTING PLAINTIFF TO COMPLY WITH 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(2) OR PAY THE $400 CIVIL FILING FEE

JAMES D. TODD, District Judge.

On March 25, 2015, Plaintiff Tonnie Jelks, who is incarcerated at the Madison County Criminal Justice Complex in Jackson, Tennessee, filed a pro se complaint pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and a motion to proceed in forma pauperis . (ECF Nos. 1 & 2.)

Under the Prison Litigation Reform Act ("PLRA"), 28 U.S.C. §§ 1915(a)-(b), a prisoner bringing a civil action must pay the filing fee required by 28 U.S.C. § 1914(a). Although the obligation to pay the fee accrues at the moment the case is filed, see McGore v. Wrigglesworth, 114 F.3d 601, 605 (6th Cir. 1997), partially overruled on other grounds by LaFountain v. Harry, 716 F.3d 944, 951 (6th Cir. 2013), the PLRA provides the prisoner the opportunity to make a "down payment" of a partial filing fee and pay the remainder in installments. § 1915(b)(2). However, in order to take advantage of the installment procedures, the prisoner must properly complete and submit to the district court, along with the complaint, an in forma pauperis affidavit containing a certification by the prison trust account officer and a copy of his trust account statement for the last six months. § 1915(a)(2).

In this case, the affidavit submitted by Plaintiff is not accompanied by a certified copy of Plaintiff's trust account statement.[1] Accordingly, Plaintiff is ORDERED to submit, within thirty (30) days after the date of this order, either the entire $400 civil filing fee[2] or an in forma pauperis affidavit and a certified copy of his trust account statement for the last six months. The Clerk is directed to provide Plaintiff with another copy of the prisoner affidavit form along with this order. If Plaintiff needs additional time to file the required documents, he may request one 30-day extension of time from this Court. McGore, 114 F.3d at 605.

If Plaintiff timely submits the necessary documents and the Court finds that he is indeed indigent, the Court will grant leave to proceed in forma pauperis and assess a filing fee of $350 in accordance with the installment procedures of 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b). However, if Plaintiff fails to comply with this order in a timely manner, the Court will deny leave to proceed in forma pauperis, assess the entire $400 filing fee without regard to the installment payment procedures, and dismiss the action without further notice pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 41(b), for failure to prosecute. McGore, 114 F.3d at 605.[3] IT IS SO ORDERED.


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