UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
August 22, 2011
MICHAEL JOHN MCGLOTHIN,
M. GARCIA, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
ORDER REQUIRING PLAINTIFF TO
FORTY-FIVE DAY DEADLINE
Plaintiff Michael John McGlothin ("Plaintiff") is a state prisoner proceeding pro se in this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. On June 21, 2011, the Court issued an Order requiring that Plaintiff serve his Second Amended Complaint on Defendants Steen, Torres, Castro, and Jose. (ECF No. 15.) Plaintiff was ordered to serve the Complaint within 120 days pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4(m). (Id.) On August 15, 2011, Plaintiff filed a "Certificate of Service". (ECF No. 24.) In it, he states that this filing should serve as the notice to the Clerk of the Court that Plaintiff did serve each Defendant. (Id.) However, this is not the proper way to demonstrate that service was effectuated.
Plaintiff appears to believe that by filing this Certificate, he has effectuated personal service. This is not the case. Plaintiff's proof of service does not comply with Rule 4. It does not appear that Plaintiff requested a waiver of service or that Defendants agreed to a waiver of service as no waivers of service have been filed with the Court. Also, it does not appear that Plaintiff has attempted personal service as the proof of service filed is improper.
Assuming Plaintiff is attempting personal service instead of requesting a waiver of service, he must comply with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 4, which was attached to the Order instructing Plaintiff how to effectuate service. (ECF No. 15.) Plaintiff is reminded that personal service requires that a copy of the summons and complaint be delivered to the individual personally, which often requires hiring a process server. Fed. R. Civ. Pro. 4(e)(2)(A). After this is accomplished, proof of service must be made to the Court. If Plaintiff hires a process server, proof must be provided by the server. Fed. R. Civ. Pro. 4(l)(1).
Accordingly, the Court will give Plaintiff one final opportunity to effectuate service on Defendants Steen, Torres, Castro, and Jose. Service must be effectuated within forty-five days of the date of this Order. If Plaintiff again fails to accomplish service, this action will be dismissed.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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