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Daniel v. Ihde

*fn* submitted: April 7, 1993.

DAVID LEE DANIEL, PLAINTIFF-APPELLANT,
v.
MARK IHDE, SHERIFF, SONOMA COUNTY JAIL; ET AL., DEFENDANTS-APPELLEES.



Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. D.C. No. CV-91-01732-JPV. John P. Vukasin, Jr., District Judge, Presiding

Before: Browning, Kozinski, and Rymer, Circuit Judges.

MEMORANDUM

David Lee Daniel, a California state prisoner, appeals pro se the district court's order denying his motion to compel discovery, granting summary judgment to appellees, and dismissing his 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action. We have jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1291, and we vacate the district court's order and remand for further proceedings.

We review do novo the grant of summary judgment. Hopkins v. Andaya, 958 F.2d 881, 884 (9th Cir. 1992). Before entering summary judgment, district courts are obligated to advise pro se prisoner litigants of the requirements of the summary judgment rule, Fed. R. Civ. P. 56. Klingele v. Eikenberry, 849 F.2d 409, 411-12 (9th Cir. 1988). Courts must advise pro se prisoner litigants that they need to submit responsive evidence to ward off summary judgment under Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(e). Id. at 411. Courts cannot avoid giving the required advice based on a determination that a prisoner has the requisite sophistication in legal matters. Id.

Here, the district court granted the appellees' motion for summary judgment without advising Daniel of the requirements of Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(e). If the district court relied on the fact that Daniel had filed his own motion for summary judgment and a motion to compel discovery as a basis for knowing the requirements of Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(e), it erred in not advising Daniel of the Rule's requirements: the filing of a motion for summary judgment and motion to compel discovery does not alleviate the court's burden to inform the prisoner of the requirements of Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(e). See id.

Accordingly, we vacate the district court's order and remand for further proceedings.

VACATED AND REMANDED.

Disposition

VACATED AND ...


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