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Khounsiriwong v. Yates

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


December 19, 2008

VILAY KHOUNSIRIWONG, PETITIONER,
v.
JAMES A. YATES, RESPONDENT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: John A. Mendez U. S. District Judge

ORDER

Petitioner, a state prisoner proceeding pro se, brings this petition for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. Pending before the court is petitioner's request for a certificate of appealability (Docs. 22 and 23), filed on November 6, 2008.*fn1

Petitioner seeks to appeal this court's denial of his application for a writ of habeas corpus. Before petitioner can appeal this decision, a certificate of appealability must issue. 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c); Fed. R. App. P. 22(b). A certificate of appealability may issue under 28 U.S.C. § 2253 "only if the applicant has made a substantial showing of the denial of a constitutional right." 28 U.S.C. § 2253(c)(2). The court must either issue a certificate of appealability indicating which issues satisfy the required showing or must state the reasons why such a certificate should not issue. Fed. R. App. P. 22(b).

The timely filing of a notice of appeal is a jurisdictional requirement. See Scott v. Younger, 739 F.2d 1464, 1466 (9th Cir. 1984). The time limit for filing a notice of appeal following entry of judgment is 30 days. See Fed. R. App. P. 4(a). Petitioner's notice of appeal in this action was filed more than 30 days after entry of judgment. Specifically, judgment was entered on October 6, 2008, and petitioner states that he delivered his notice of appeal to prison officials on November 6, 2008. Because October has 31 days, the 30-day period in which to appeal expired on November 5, 2008. Petitioner's appeal is, therefore, untimely and cannot provide the appellate court with jurisdiction. The issuance of a certificate of appealability cannot vest the court of appeals with jurisdiction if jurisdiction is not proper in that court. Cf. Hayward v. Britt, 572 F.2d 1324, 1325 (9th Cir. 1978) (addressing issuance of a certificate of probable cause). Because petitioner's notice of appeal is untimely, the court declines to issue a certificate of appealability.

Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that petitioner's request for a certificate of appealability (Docs. 22 and 23) is denied.


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