UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
October 14, 2011
GEORGE GUIRBINO, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
ORDER RE REQUEST FOR COURT TO SCREEN PLAINTIFF'S COMPLAINT (Doc. 2)
Plaintiff Amin Abdullah-Clarke ("Plaintiff") is a state prisoner proceeding pro se in this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. On October 6, 2011, Defendants removed this action which was filed in Kern County Superior Court. (Doc. 1). On October 6, 2011, Defendants filed a request seeking to have the complaint screened and be allowed thirty-days to respond to the complaint, to commence upon issuance of the screening order. (Doc. 2).
The Court is required to screen complaints brought by prisoners seeking relief against a governmental entity or officer or employee of a governmental entity. 28 U.S.C. § 1915A(a). The Court screens complaints in the order in which they are filed and strives to avoid delays whenever possible. However, there are hundreds of prisoner civil rights cases presently pending before the court, and delays are inevitable despite the Court's best efforts.
The Court will grant Defendant's request that they be relieved from the obligation to file a responsive pleading until 30 days after the complaint is screened.
Defendants' request is HEREBY GRANTED IN PART, and Defendants shall have thirty (30) days to file a response to the complaint, to commence upon issuance of the screening order.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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