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Troas V. Barnett v. David Norman

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


October 24, 2011

TROAS V. BARNETT,
PLAINTIFF,
v.
DAVID NORMAN, ET AL.,
DEFENDANTS.

ORDER GRANTING IN PART PLAINTIFF'S MOTION TO EXTEND DISCOVERY (Doc. 113)

ORDER AMENDING DISCOVERY AND SCHEDULING ORDER

Amended Discovery Deadline (Limited):

03/15/2012

Amended Pretrial Dispositive Motion Deadline: 05/16/2012

Plaintiff Troas V. Barnett ("Plaintiff") is a state prisoner proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis in this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Plaintiff filed the complaint commencing this action on August 9, 2005. (Doc. 1). On July 20, 2010, the Court issued a Discovery/Scheduling Order establishing a deadline of March 20, 2011 for completion of discovery, including motions to compel, and a deadline of May 31, 2011 for filing pretrial dispositive motions. (Docs. 59, 77). On November 12, 2010, Plaintiff filed a motion to compel personnel records. (Doc. 87). On June 24, 2011, the Court denied Plaintiff's motion to compel based on the fact that Plaintiff failed to follow the proper procedure by first requesting production of documents from Defendants (Doc. 105) and denied Plaintiff's motion to depose prisoner witnesses on the grounds that he failed to make a sufficient showing that he could pay the costs associated with conducting a deposition (Doc. 107). On July 22, 2011, Plaintiff requested an extension of the discovery deadline in order to follow up on the Court's two orders regarding personnel records and depositions of prisoner witnesses. (Doc. 113). On August 4, 2011, Defendants filed an opposition. (Doc. 119).

The Court's order addressing Plaintiff's discovery motions occurred after the discovery deadline had passed without giving Plaintiff sufficient time to respond to the orders and within a month of the Court's orders, Plaintiff filed a request to extend discovery. In light of the above-mentioned factors, the discovery deadline is extended for the limited purpose of allowing Plaintiff to serve a request for the production of documents relating to personnel files *fn1 on Defendants and to file a motion to compel if necessary. *fn2

However, as Plaintiff has failed to make a requisite showing of ability to pay for depositions, the Court denies Plaintiff's request for extension of discovery to conduct written depositions. In light of this ruling, the deadline for filing pretrial dispositive motions will be extended to allow for the completion of this limited discovery.

Accordingly, it is HEREBY ORDERED that:

1. Plaintiff's motion for extension of discovery is GRANTED in part to the limited extent that Plaintiff can pursue discovery of personnel records. (Doc. 113).

2. Plaintiff has thirty (30) days from the date of service of this order within which to serve a request for the production of documents on Defendants, limited to requesting for personnel records; *fn3

3. Plaintiff has thirty (30) days from the date of service of Defendant's response to file a motion to compel, if any;

4. The discovery deadline is extended to March 15, 2012, to allow for this limited round of discovery; *fn4 and

5. The pretrial dispositive motion deadline is extended to May 16, 2012.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE


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