IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
August 5, 2009
KIFA MUHAMMAD, PLAINTIFF,
SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY JAIL, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Craig M. Kellison United States Magistrate Judge
Plaintiff, a state prisoner proceeding with appointed counsel, brings this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. On June 23, 2009, the court issued an order to show cause why sanctions should not be imposed for failure to comply with the court's previous order to submit dispositional documents. The parties have filed responses which indicate this matter is settled as the court was previously informed. However, Plaintiff is experiencing difficulties in executing the settlement documents and having them notarized.
The court is aware that incarceration can complicate effective communication. The court also understands that exchanging settlement documents with an incarcerated individual is significantly more challenging than exchanging documents with an un-incarcerated individual.
Accordingly, the June 23, 2009, order to show cause is discharged, and no sanctions will be imposed. However, the parties are admonished for failing to keep the court informed. To that extent, the parties are required to file a status report, within 45 days of the date of this order, informing the court of the status of settlement. This status report will not be required if the dispositional documents have been filed prior thereto.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
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