UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
April 15, 2011
CLAUDELL EARL MARTIN,
JEANNE S. WOODFORD, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
APPEAL NO. 11-15830
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Lawrence J. O'Neill United States District Judge
ORDER REGARDING PLAINTIFF'S IN FORMA PAUPERIS STATUS ON APPEAL
(ECF No. 123)
By notice entered April 14, 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit referred this matter to the District Court for the limited purpose of determining whether in forma pauperis status should continue for this appeal or whether the appeal is frivolous or taken in bad faith. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(3); see also Hooker v. American Airlines, 302 F.3d 1091, 1092 (9th Cir. 2002) (revocation of in forma pauperis status is appropriate where the District Court finds the appeal to be frivolous).
Permitting litigants to proceed in forma pauperis is a privilege, not a right. Franklin v. Murphy, 745 F.2d 1221, 1231 (9th Cir. 1984); Williams v. Field, 394 F.2d 329, 332 (9th Cir.), cert. denied, 393 U.S. 891 (1968); Williams v. Marshall, 795 F.Supp. 978, 978-79 (N.D. Cal. 1992). This action was proceeding against Defendants for deliberate indifference to Plaintiff's medical needs and judgment was granted on Defendants' motion for summary judgment. Since Plaintiff's action was proceeding on his allegation of being denied a constitutional right, the appeal is not frivolous or taken in bad faith.
Accordingly, it is hereby ORDERED that Plaintiff's in forma pauperis status should continue for this appeal and the Clerk of Court is directed to serve a copy of this Order on Plaintiff and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
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