The opinion of the court was delivered by: The Honorable Richard A. Jones United States District Judge
HONORABLE RICHARD A. JONES
ORDER DIRECTING SERVICE BY UNITED STATES MARSHAL WITHOUT PREPAID COSTS AND GRANTING MOTION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME
Plaintiff is proceeding in forma pauperis pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915. By order filed May 27, 2009, the court determined that plaintiff's complaint states a cognizable claim for relief against defendants and ordered plaintiff to provide information for service of process on form USM-285, a completed summons, sufficient copies of the complaint for service, and a notice of compliance. Plaintiff has filed the required papers.
In addition, the court required Plaintiff to file supplemental financial information to permit the court to assess Plaintiff's ability to pay the filing fee and service costs in this matter. Plaintiff has informed the court that he has been unable to obtain the required certified prison trust account statement due to the unavailability of staff to process his request in the wake of recent budget cutbacks. He has filed a motion for an extension of time (Dkt. # 10) to obtain the certified statement.
Because Plaintiff's most recent certified statement showed that he lacked any existing funds in his account or any regular income, the court will proceed under that assumption, and will not further delay this case while Plaintiff awaits a new certification of his prison account statement. The court therefore GRANTS Plaintiff's motion for extension of time (Dkt. # 10). Plaintiff is directed to file the updated certification statement as soon as he receives it. In the meantime, the court will not assess an initial partial filing fee (28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)). By separate order, the court will direct the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to make deductions from Plaintiff's prison trust account to the extent possible in accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 1915(b)(2).
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. The Clerk of the Court is directed to forward instructions for service of process, the completed summons, copies of the complaint, and copies of this order to the United States Marshal.
2. Within ten days from the date of this order, the United States Marshal is directed to notify defendants of the commencement of this action and to request a waiver of service of summons in accordance with the provisions of Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(d) and 28 U.S.C. § 566(c). The United States Marshal is directed to retain the sealed summons and a copy of the complaint in its file for future use.
4. The United States Marshal shall file returned waivers of service of summons and any requests for waivers that are returned as undelivered as soon as they are received.
5. If a waiver of service of summons is not returned by a defendant within sixty days from the date of mailing the request for waiver, the United States Marshal shall:
a. Personally serve process and a copy of this order upon the defendant pursuant to Rule 4 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and 28 U.S.C. § 566(c) and shall command all necessary assistance from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDC) to execute this order. The United States Marshal shall maintain the confidentiality of all information provided by the CDC pursuant to this order.
b. Within ten days after personal service is effected, the United States Marshal shall file the return of service for the defendant, along with evidence of any attempts to secure a waiver of service of summons and of the costs subsequently incurred in effecting service on said defendant. Said costs shall be enumerated on the USM-285 form and shall include the costs incurred by the Marshal's office for photocopying additional copies of the summons and complaint and for preparing new USM-285 forms, if required. Costs of service will be taxed against the personally served defendant in accordance with the provisions of Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(d)(2).
6. Defendants shall reply to the complaint within the time provided by the applicable provisions of Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(a).
7. Unless otherwise ordered, all motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, motions concerning discovery, motions pursuant to Rules 7, 11, 12, 15, 41, 55, 56, 59 and 60 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and motions pursuant to Local Rule 11-110 shall be briefed pursuant to Local Rule 78-230(m). Failure to oppose such a motion timely may be deemed a waiver of ...