IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
November 4, 2010
JOSE DEJESUS RODRIGUEZ PLAINTIFF,
JEFFERY SIMMONS, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Kendall J. Newman United States Magistrate Judge
Plaintiff, a pro se litigant, or in other words proceeding without counsel, has filed a letter which addresses this court's prior order admonishing him not to file general discovery documents with the court. (Dkt. No. 68.) In his letter, plaintiff states, among other things, that defendants' attorney is trying to deceive him and is "refusing to participate in discovery." More specifically, plaintiff alleges the following discovery grievances: (1) that defendants have not provided complete responses to Plaintiff's First Request for Production and Initial Disclosures re Documents and Other Recorded Tangible Evidence; and (2) that defendants have not acknowledged plaintiff's production of records and tangible evidence.*fn1
To the extent that plaintiff's filing could be construed as a motion to compel, this motion is denied for failure to comply with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Local Rules. Pro se litigants are bound by the rules of procedure, even though pleadings are liberally construed in their favor. King v. Atiyeh, 814 F.2d 565, 567 (9th Cir. 1987).
This denial, however, is without prejudice so that plaintiff may refile, if necessary, a properly noticed motion to compel. As mandated by Local Rule 251, the parties must meet and confer, preferably in person or via telephone, prior to the filing of any motion to compel. If that meet and confer is unsuccessful, the moving party shall draft and file a document entitled Joint Statement re Discovery Disagreement, and all parties shall assist in the preparation of that joint statement. Local Rule 251(c). Additionally, if all other Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Local Rules are complied with, plaintiff must contact the undersigned's courtroom deputy clerk to set that particular dispute on the court's calendar prior to filing any joint statement.
Despite the pro se nature of this case, the court still requires the parties to timely and productively meet and confer. The court expects and encourages the parties to work together so as to avoid any unnecessary discovery disputes.
IT IS SO ORDERED.