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State Ex Rel. v. Warden

October 25, 2011

STATE EX REL. ALEKSANDAR CVIJETINOVIC, RELATOR,
v.
WARDEN, BELMONT CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION, RESPONDENT.



Per curiam.

Cite as State ex rel. Cvijetinovic v. Warden, Belmont Corr. Inst.,

OPINION AND JUDGMENT ENTRY

CHARACTER OF PROCEEDINGS: Petition for Writ of Mandamus

JUDGMENT: Dismissed

JUDGES: Hon. Gene Donofrio Hon. Joseph J. Vukovich Hon. Cheryl L. Waite

[Cite as State ex rel. Cvijetinovic v. Warden, Belmont Corr. Inst., 2011-Ohio-5575.]

{¶1} Relator Aleksandar Cvijetinovic, proceeding pro se, has filed this original action asking for a writ of mandamus compelling respondent warden of the Belmont Correctional Institution to respond to his numerous requests for public records. He also seeks an award of statutory damages.

{¶2} The warden has filed an answer and a motion for judgment on the pleadings. R.C. 2969.25 sets forth several procedural mandates that an inmate must comply with as a prerequisite for bringing a valid civil action complaint. Cvijetinovic's complaint includes an affidavit of indigency and seeks waiver of prepayment of the court's filing fees. In the motion for judgment on the pleadings, the warden argues that Cvijetinovic failed to comply with R.C. 2969.25(C), which requires an affidavit of indigency to be filed in order to have prepayment of full filing fees waived. More specifically, the warden argues that Cvijetinovic failed to include a certified statement from the prison cashier setting forth the balance in his private account for each of the preceding six months, which is required under the statute.

{¶3} This court has stated, "[t]he requirements of R.C. 2969.25 are mandatory." State ex rel. Buoscio v. Evans, 7th Dist. No. 03 MA 43, 2004- Ohio-192, at ¶5, citing State ex rel. Zanders v. Ohio Parole Bd. (1998), 82 Ohio St.3d 421, 422, 696 N.E.2d 594. Failure to comply is "a sufficient reason to deny the writ, deny indigency status, and assess costs against the petitioner." State ex rel. Myrieckes v. Gallagher, 8th Dist. No. 93477, 2009- Ohio-3272, at ¶4, citing State ex rel. Palmer v. Collier, 108 Ohio St.3d 492, 2006-Ohio-1507, 844 N.E.2d 842, at ¶5-7; see, also, State ex rel. Hunter v. Cuyahoga Cty. Court of Common Pleas (2000), 88 Ohio St.3d 176, 724 N.E.2d 420.

{¶4} In this instance, Cvijetinovic attached a statement which appears to be from the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility setting forth the balance in his private account for each of the preceding six months. However, the statement is not certified by the prison cashier as required by R.C. 2969.25(C). Consequently, Cvijetinovic fails to satisfy R.C. 2969.25(C) and his complaint is dismissed. State ex rel. Ridenour v. Brunsman, 117 Ohio St.3d 260, 2008- Ohio-854, 883 N.E.2d 438 (affirming court of appeal's dismissal of mandamus complaint because statement of inmate account was not certified by the prison cashier).

{¶5} Costs taxed against Cvijetinovic. Final order. Clerk to serve notice as provided by the Civil Rules.

Donofrio, J. concurs.

Vukovich, J. concurs. Waite, ...


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