IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
April 15, 2009
JARMAAL LARONDE SMITH, PLAINTIFF,
LEANN CRONES, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Arthur L. Alarcón United States Circuit Judge Sitting by Designation
Plaintiff has filed a document styled "PLAINTIFF'S CONSENT FOR REFERRAL TO MEDIATION AND STAY OF PROCEEDINGS." (Doc. 40). In it, Plaintiff states that he would like to participate in mediation and "agrees to a stay of the proceedings for a period of up to sixty (60) days following [this] [C]court's order of mediation." (Id.). Plaintiff is advised that this Court will not grant a stay of any of the deadlines set forth in this Court's revised scheduling order, dated March 9, 2009. (Doc. 31).
The parties are hereby requested to inform the Court, on or before April 24, 2009, whether each party wishes to request the Court to select a Magistrate Judge to conduct mediation proceedings, with the understanding that if mediation is not productive, the deadlines set forth in this Court's March 9, 2009 order will not be changed.
Plaintiff has indicated his willingness to participate in mediation before Magistrate Judge Craig M. Kellison. (Doc. 40). The Court is informed that Magistrate Judge Kellison has set aside time on April 28, 2009 to conduct a mediation proceeding in this matter at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility ("CSATF"). If the parties are amenable to referring this matter to mediation, with the understanding that referral of his matter for mediation will not have the effect of staying the proceedings before this Court, they are directed to indicate in their responses whether they are prepared to proceed with such a mediation before Magistrate Judge Kellison, on April 28, 2009 at the CSATF.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that on or before April 24, 2009, the parties shall advise the Court whether mediation proceedings should be conducted in this matter, given that such mediation will not have the effect of staying the proceedings before this Court, and if so, whether the parties are prepared to go forward with the mediation proceeding tentatively scheduled to take place on April 28, 2009 at the CSATF before Magistrate Judge Kellison.
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