UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
November 28, 2011
L. CANNEDY, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: J. Clifford Wallace United States Circuit Judge
Carter, a state prisoner proceeding pro se, has filed a civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. On September 23, 2009, the court granted Carter's first request for a copy of the Local Rules of Court. Dkt. 24. On November 16, 2011, Carter filed a second request for a "complete copy of the Local Rules for the Eastern District." Dkt. 65.
Based on Carter's prior reference to "Local Rules" in a context where he presumably meant to refer to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, see dkt. 64, I construe Carter's request as one for a copy of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure along with a complete copy of the Local Rules.
Carter is advised that the copy of the Local Rules that has previously been distributed to him is a version that includes all local rules applicable to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 actions. The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are a distinct set of rules that also govern this action. Creating new copies of the complete Local Rules and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure would be unduly burdensome to the court and its staff in light of the length of both sets of rules and budgetary constraints. Carter is directed to the law library at his facility, which should have complete copies of the Local Rules and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for use.
For the foregoing reasons, Carter's motion is DENIED.
J. Clifford Wallace
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