IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
September 22, 2010
HOSEA BYRD, PLAINTIFF,
A. LYNN, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
Plaintiff is a state prisoner proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis with a civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. On September 17, 2010, plaintiff filed a motion for an "informal restraining order." Plaintiff asserts therein that Correctional Sergeant Quiring has filed a false lock-up order against him, resulting in plaintiff being placed in administrative segregation. Plaintiff asserts further that in administrative segregation, he does not have access to his legal materials. Accordingly, plaintiff requests the court order prison officials to release his legal documents pertaining to this case.*fn1
The court has not yet authorized service of plaintiff's supplemented complaint, and the defendants have not made an appearance in this case. Rather, the undersigned findings and recommendations recommending dismissal of various defendants are currently under consideration by the assigned district judge. (Doc. No. 18.) Plaintiff has filed timely objections to those findings and recommendations. (Doc. No 19.) Therefore, the court lacks jurisdiction to issue an injunction against any of the defendants. See Zepeda v. United States Immigration Service, 753 F.2d 719, 727 (9th Cir. 1985) ("A federal court may issue an injunction if it has personal jurisdiction over the parties and subject matter jurisdiction over the claim; it may not attempt to determine the rights of persons not before the court."). Accordingly, plaintiff's motion for an "informal restraining order" must be denied as premature. To the extent that he seeks the immediate return of his legal materials, plaintiff is advised to seek relief through the institution's administrative grievance process.*fn2
For the reasons set forth above, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiff's September 17, 2010 motion for an "informal restraining order" (Doc. No. 21) is denied as premature.