The opinion of the court was delivered by: Honorable Janis L. SammartinoUnited States District Judge
ORDER DISMISSING CIVIL ACTION FOR FAILING TO PAY FILING FEES PURSUANT TO 28 U.S.C. § 1914(a) AND FOR FAILING TO MOVE IN FORMA PAUPERIS PURSUANT TO 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)
Plaintiff, a state prisoner currently incarcerated at Calipatria State Prison located in Calipatria, California, and proceeding pro se, filed this civil action. Plaintiff did not prepay the civil filing fee required by 28 U.S.C. § 1914(a); nor did he submit a Motion to Proceed In Forma Pauperis ("IFP") pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a).
I. FAILURE TO PAY FILING FEE OR REQUEST IFPSTATUS
Any party instituting a civil action, suit or proceeding in a district court of the United States, other than a writ of habeas corpus, must pay a filing fee of $350. See 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 ("IFP") pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a). See Andrews v. Cervantes, 493 F.3d 1047, 1051 (9th Cir. 2007); Rodriguez v. Cook, 169 F.3d 1176, 1177 (9th Cir. 1999). As noted above, Plaintiff did not prepay the $350 filing fee required to commence a civil action when he filed it; nor has he submitted a Motion to Proceed IFP. Therefore, the case must be dismissed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1914(a).
For the reasons set forth above, the Court hereby:
(1) DISMISSES this action sua sponte without prejudice for failing to pay the $350 filing fee or file a Motion to Proceed IFP pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 1914(a) and 1915(a); and
(2) GRANTS Plaintiff forty five (45) days leave from the date this Order is filed to: (a) prepay the entire $350 civil filing fee in full; or (b) complete and file a Motion to Proceed IFP which includes a certified copy of his trust account statement for the 6-month period preceding the filing of his Complaint. See 28 U.S.C. § 1915(a)(2); S.D. CAL. CIVLR 3.2(b).
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk of the Court shall provide Plaintiff with the Court's form "Motion and Declaration in Support of Motion to Proceed In Forma Pauperis." If Plaintiff fails to either prepay the $350 civil filing fee or complete and submit the enclosed Motion to Proceed IFP within that time, this action shall remain dismissed without prejudice and without further Order of the Court.
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