IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
April 7, 2011
MICHAEL BAKER, PLAINTIFF,
PEREZ, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Kendall J. Newman United States Magistrate Judge
Plaintiff is a state prisoner proceeding without counsel with a civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Plaintiff is presently incarcerated at Pleasant Valley State Prison ("PVSP").
On March 21, 2011, plaintiff filed a motion to compel. Plaintiff alleges that he asked prison officials to copy his responses to defendants' discovery requests. Plaintiff alleges that prison officials refused to make the copies because plaintiff's document was over 50 pages. Prison officials told plaintiff that they would not copy documents over 50 pages without a court order pursuant to a PVSP policy.
No defendants in this matter are located at PVSP. Usually persons or entities not parties to an action are not subject to orders for injunctive relief. Zenith Radio Corp. v. Hazeltine Research, Inc., 395 U.S. 100 (1969). However, the fact that one is not a party does not automatically preclude the court from acting. The All Writs Act, 28 U.S.C. § 1651(a) permits the court to issue writs "necessary or appropriate in aid of their jurisdictions and agreeable to the usages and principles of law." See generally S.E.C. v. G.C. George Securities, Inc., 637 F.2d 685 (9th Cir. 1981); United States v. New York Telephone Co., 434 U.S. 159 (1977). This section does not grant the court plenary power to act in any way it wishes; rather, the All Writs Act is meant to aid the court in the exercise and preservation of its jurisdiction. Plum Creek Lumber Company v. Hutton, 608 F.2d 1283, 1289 (9th Cir. 1979).
The court is concerned that it will lose jurisdiction if plaintiff is unable to respond to defendants' discovery requests. Accordingly, the Warden of PVSP is ordered to respond to plaintiff's allegations regarding his inability to obtain copies of documents over 50 pages.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. Within fourteen days of the date of this order, the Warden of PVSP shall respond to plaintiff's allegations regarding his inability to obtain copies of documents over 50 pages;
2. The Clerk of the Court is directed to serve this order on Warden of PVSP, P.O. Box 8505, Coalinga, CA, 93210-8505.
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