IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
May 14, 2009
DERRICK SIMS, PLAINTIFF,
DR. MICHAEL SAYRE, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Saundra Brown Armstrong United States District Judge
ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE AN AMENDED COMPLAINT
Before the Court is Plaintiff's request for leave to file an amended complaint. A plaintiff may amend his complaint once as a matter of course at any time before a responsive pleading is served. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a). Where a plaintiff seeks to amend after a responsive pleading has already been served, however, the decision whether to grant leave to amend is committed to the sound discretion of the trial court. Waits v. Weller, 653 F.2d 1288, 1290 (9th Cir. 1981). Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 15(a) is to be applied liberally in favor of amendments and, in general, leave shall be freely given when justice so requires. Janicki Logging Co. v. Mateer, 42 F.3d 561, 566 (9th Cir. 1994). The Court notes that the defendants in this action have not been served at this time. Plaintiff may as a matter of course amend his complaint because a responsive pleading has not yet been served. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a). Accordingly, Plaintiff's motion for leave to file an amended complaint is GRANTED. The Clerk of the Court is directed to file Plaintiff's motion, which is labeled "Motion for Leave to File an Amended Complaint and Demand for Jury Trial," and docket the aforementioned document as Plaintiff's "First Amended Complaint." The Clerk is further directed to mark the First Amended Complaint as filed on October 14, 2008, the date it was received by the Court. The Court will review Plaintiff's First Amended Complaint in a separate written Order.
This Order terminates Docket no. 7.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
I, the undersigned, hereby certify that I am an employee in the Office of the Clerk, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California.
That on May 14, 2009, I SERVED a true and correct copy(ies) of the attached, by placing said copy(ies) in a postage paid envelope addressed to the person(s) hereinafter listed, by depositing said envelope in the U.S. Mail, or by placing said copy(ies) into an inter-office delivery receptacle located in the Clerk's office.
Derrick D. Sims J-20913 Pelican Bay State Prison P.O. Box 7500 Crescent City, CA 95531
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