IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
June 5, 2012
MICHAEL CHESS, PLAINTIFF,
J. DOVEY, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
Plaintiff is a state prisoner proceeding through counsel. Plaintiff retained his attorney, William Gilg, who filed his formal notice of appearance in this action on June 9, 2011. Now pending before the court is plaintiff's pro se motion filed May 31, 2012, seeking leave to proceed without counsel and on his own behalf from this point forward in this case.
Plaintiff does not require permission from the court to proceed pro se. However, in order for plaintiff to do so, me must file a formal substitution of attorneys in this case that is signed by both himself and Attorney Gilg. See Local Rule 182(g). Until a substitution of attorneys is filed with the court, attorney Gilg will continue to be reflected as counsel of record in this case on the court's docket.*fn1 Plaintiff is also forewarned that this matter is scheduled for trial on June 25, 2012. The court will neither continue nor delay the trial of this long-pending case even if plaintiff now elects to proceed pro se at trial.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiff's motion to proceed pro se (Doc. No. 135) is denied as unnecessary.