IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
October 16, 2012
CARLOS R. AGUIRRE, PLAINTIFF,
COUNTY OF SACRAMENTO, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Kendall J. Newman United States Magistrate Judge
Plaintiff is a prisoner, proceeding without counsel, with a civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Pending before the court is plaintiff's August 20, 2012 motion for class certification.
Pro se prisoner plaintiffs may not bring class actions. The prerequisites to maintenance of a class action are that (1) the class is so numerous that joinder of all members is impracticable, (2) there are common questions of law and fact, (3) the representative party's claims or defenses are typical of the class claims or defenses, and (4) the representative party will fairly and adequately protect the class interests. Fed.R.Civ.P. 23(a). It is well established that pro se prisoner plaintiffs are unable to fairly represent and adequately protect the interests of the class. See Oxendine v. Williams, 509 F.2d 1405, 1407 (4th Cir. 1975); Griffin v. Smith, 493 F.Supp. 129, 131 (W.D.N.Y. 1980). Therefore, this pro se action cannot proceed as a class action.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiff's motion for class certification (Dkt. No. 3) is denied.
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