UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
June 16, 2010
JUAN L. VIELMAN, PETITIONER,
MIKE MARTEL, WARDEN, RESPONDENT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Hon. Jay C. Gandhi United States Magistrate Judge
ORDER DISMISSING PETITION WITH LEAVE TO AMEND
On June 15, 2010, petitioner Juan L. Vielman ("Petitioner"), a California prisoner proceeding pro se, filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus by a Person in State Custody pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254 ("Petition"). Because Petitioner submitted his Petition without using the proper form, the Petition is dismissed with leave to amend.
Petitioner submitted his Petition without using the form required by this Court. Local Rule 83-16.1 of the Local Rules for the United States District Court for the Central District of California requires that a petition for writ of habeas corpus "shall be submitted on the forms approved and supplied by the Court." Form petitions are a procedural device which significantly aid the Court in processing the numerous habeas petitions presented to the Court. The form petition is designed to aid Petitioner in the organization and presentation of information relevant to the habeas application. The form petition also presents the relevant information regarding Petitioner's claim(s) in a "simple, concise, and direct" manner, as required by Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(d). Where a habeas petition has not been submitted on the court-approved form, it is subject to dismissal with leave to amend. Adv. Comm. Notes to Rule 2 of the Rules Governing § 2254 Cases in the United States District Courts.
Based on the foregoing, IT IS ORDERED THAT:
1. The Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus is dismissed with leave to amend.
2. If Petitioner still wishes to pursue this action, he is granted until July 16, 2010, to file a First Amended Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus by a Person in State Custody ("First Amended Petition").
3. The First Amended Petition must be labeled with the case number assigned to this case, i.e., Case No. CV 10-4387 JHN (JCG), and must be labeled "First Amended Petition." In addition, Petitioner is informed that the Court cannot refer to a prior pleading in order to make his First Amended Petition complete. Local Rule 15-2 requires that an amended pleading be complete in and of itself without reference to any prior pleading. This is because, as a general rule, an amended pleading supercedes the original pleading. See Loux v. Rhay, 375 F.2d 55, 57 (9th Cir. 1967).
4. Petitioner must use and complete the court form "Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus by a Person in State Custody" for the First Amended Petition. The First Amended Petition must comply with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 8, and with any and all instructions in the form petition. In particular, Petitioner must follow the instruction to state specific facts, not conclusions, in support of his grounds. (See form petition, p. 5). Petitioner must also clearly number and distinguish from one another each and every claim he intends for the Court to address. Any claim that is not clearly numbered and separated from all other claims will not be addressed as a separate claim for relief.
5. Failure to file a First Amended Petition in accordance with this Order will result in a recommendation that this action be dismissed without prejudice for failure to prosecute and/or failure to comply with a court order. See Link v. Wabash R.R. Co., 370 U.S. 626, 629-30 (1962); Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b).
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