Anderson v. Sokoloff et al

ORDER by Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers denying {{3}} Motion to Appoint Counsel ; granting {{12}} Motion for Leave to Proceed in forma pauperis.

Northern District of California, cand-4:2015-cv-01854

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1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 ERIC ZACHARY ANDERSON, 7 Case No. 15-cv-01854-YGR (PR) Plaintiff, 8 ORDER GRANTING IN FORMA v. PAUPERIS STATUS; AND DENYING 9 MOTION FOR APPOINTMENT OF M. SOKOLOFF, et al., COUNSEL 10 Defendants. 11 12 Plaintiff's application for in forma pauperis status is GRANTED. Dkt. 12. The total filing Northern District of California United States District Court 13 fee due is $350.00. The initial partial filing fee due for Plaintiff at this time is $00.00. A copy of 14 this Order and the attached instruction sheet will be sent to Plaintiff, the Prison Trust Account 15 Office and the Court's Financial Office. 16 Plaintiff also requests the appointment of counsel to represent him in this action. Dkt. 3. 17 There is no constitutional right to counsel in a civil case unless an indigent litigant may 18 lose his physical liberty if he loses the litigation. See Lassiter v. Dep't of Soc. Servs., 452 U.S. 18, 19 25 (1981); Rand v. Rowland, 113 F.3d 1520, 1525 (9th Cir. 1997) (no constitutional right to 20 counsel in section 1983 action), withdrawn in part on other grounds on reh'g en banc, 154 F.3d 21 952 (9th Cir. 1998) (en banc). The court may ask counsel to represent an indigent litigant under 22 28 U.S.C. § 1915 only in "exceptional circumstances," the determination of which requires an 23 evaluation of both (1) the likelihood of success on the merits, and (2) the ability of the plaintiff to 24 articulate his claims pro se in light of the complexity of the legal issues involved. See id. at 1525; 25 Terrell v. Brewer, 935 F.2d 1015, 1017 (9th Cir. 1991); Wilborn v. Escalderon, 789 F.2d 1328, 26 1331 (9th Cir. 1986). Both of these factors must be viewed together before reaching a decision on 27 a request for counsel under section 1915. See id. 28 The Court is unable to assess at this time whether exceptional circumstances exist which 1 would warrant seeking volunteer counsel to accept a pro bono appointment. The proceedings are 2 at an early stage and it is premature for the Court to determine Plaintiff's likelihood of success on 3 the merits. Moreover, Plaintiff has been able to articulate his claims adequately pro se in light of 4 the complexity of the issues involved. See Agyeman v. Corrs. Corp. of Am., 390 F.3d 1101, 1103 5 (9th Cir. 2004). Accordingly, the request for appointment of counsel is DENIED. Dkt. 3. 6 This Order terminates Docket Nos. 3 and 12. 7 Dated: July 29, 2015 ______________________________________ YVONNE GONZALEZ ROGERS 8 United States District Court Judge 9 10 11 12 Northern District of California United States District Court 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2 1 2 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 3 4 INSTRUCTIONS FOR PAYMENT OF PRISONER'S FILING FEE 5 6 The prisoner shown as the plaintiff or petitioner on the attached order has filed a civil action in forma pauperis in this court and owes to the court a filing fee. Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 7 1915, the fee is to be paid as follows: 8 The initial partial filing fee listed on the attached order should be deducted by the prison trust account office from the prisoner's trust account and forwarded to the clerk of the court as the 9 first installment payment on the filing fee. This amount is twenty percent of the greater of (a) the 10 average monthly deposits to the prisoner's account for the 6-month period immediately preceding the filing of the complaint/petition or (b) the average monthly balance in the prisoner's account for 11 the 6-month period immediately preceding the filing of the complaint/petition. 12 Thereafter, on a monthly basis, 20 percent of the preceding month's income credited to the Northern District of California United States District Court prisoner's trust account should be deducted and forwarded to the court each time the amount in the 13 account exceeds ten dollars ($10.00). The prison trust account office should continue to do this 14 until the filing fee has been paid in full. 15 If the prisoner does not have sufficient funds in his/her account to pay the initial partial filing fee, the prison trust account office should forward the available funds, and carry the balance 16 forward each month until the amount is fully paid. 17 If the prisoner has filed more than one complaint, (s)he is required to pay a filing fee for 18 each case. The trust account office should make the monthly calculations and payments for each case in which it receives an order granting in forma pauperis and these instructions. 19 The prisoner's name and case number must be noted on each remittance. The initial 20 partial filing fee is due within thirty days of the date of the attached order. Checks should be made 21 payable to Clerk, U.S. District Court and sent to Prisoner Accounts Receivable, U.S. District Court, 450 Golden Gate Avenue, Box 36060, San Francisco, CA 94102. 22 cc: Plaintiff/Petitioner 23 Finance Office Prison Trust Account Office 24 25 26 27 28 3