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Scott v. Haviland

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


November 23, 2010

NOEL PHILLIPE SCOTT, PETITIONER,
v.
JOHN W. HAVILAND, WARDEN, RESPONDENT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Gregory G. Hollows United States Magistrate Judge

ORDER

By order, filed on October 1, 2010, the court directed petitioner either to submit the appropriate affidavit in support of a request to proceed in forma pauperis or the appropriate filing fee of $5.00. Petitioner was cautioned that this would be his final opportunity to address his filing fee obligation, noting that petitioner, despite having been ordered to do so in an order filed on October 30, 2009, and then having been granted an extension of time to do so, by an order filed on November 24, 2009, had yet either to file an in forma pauperis affidavit or to pay the required filing fee . See 28 U.S.C. §§ 1914(a); 1915(a). Petitioner has failed to respond to the order.*fn1

In the October 1st order, the court further noted that by order filed on September 22, 2010, respondent's motion to dismiss the petition as untimely had been denied and a further briefing schedule had been set. In accordance with that briefing schedule, respondent's answer must be filed by within 60 days of the September 22nd order. However, respondent will herein be granted an extension of time to file an answer until such time as, after petitioner has either filed an in forma pauperis affidavit or the $5.00 filing fee, the court has deemed petitioner to have discharged his filing fee obligation.

Petitioner cannot ignore court orders or his filing fee obligation simply because the amount of the fee is arguably de minimis:

All parties instituting a habeas proceeding in a district court of the United States must pay a filing fee of $5.00. 28 U.S.C. § 1914(a). An action may proceed despite a party's failure to pay only if the party is granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a). See Rodriguez v. Cook, 169 F.3d 1176, 1177 (9th Cir.1999). "To proceed in forma pauperis is a privilege not a right." Smart v. Heinze, 347 F.2d 114, 116 (9th Cir.1965).

Pedroza-Medina v. Chertoff, 2007 WL 2705211 *1 (S.D. Cal. 2007).

The court will grant petitioner twenty-eight days to comply with this order. Failure to do so will result in a recommendation of dismissal of this petition. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b); Local Rule 110.

Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that: 1. Petitioner shall submit, within twenty-eight days from the date of this order, an affidavit in support of his request to proceed in forma pauperis or the appropriate filing fee; petitioner will have no further extension of time to do so; petitioner's failure to comply with this order will result in a recommendation of dismissal of this action;

2. The Clerk of the Court is directed once again to send petitioner a copy of the in forma pauperis form used by this district; and

3. Respondent is granted an extension of time to file an answer to the petition until twenty-eight days after the court has determined that petitioner has discharged his filing fee obligation, should that occur.


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