THOMAS E. ROGERS, III, Magistrate Judge.
Presently before the court are Plaintiff's Motion to Amend his complaint (doc.#38), Defendants' Motion to Stay Discovery and for an extension to respond to Plaintiff's outstanding motions (doc. #47), Plaintiff's Motion requesting the court to provide him a free electronic copy of all filed documents in his case (doc.#57), Plaintiff's "Motion to Present Compelling Witnesses and Time Extension or Continuance" (doc. #58), and Plaintiff's Motion to Request Document Production (doc. #59)
First, Plaintiff has filed a Motion to Amend his complaint to add additional defendants, change the spelling of some of the current Defendants, amend the relief requested, and add causes of action. (Doc. #38).
Under Rule 15(a)(2) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, after the time has passed to amend a pleading as a matter of course, "a party may amend its pleading only with the opposing party's written consent or the court's leave. The court should freely give leave when justice so requires." Rule 15(a) is a "liberal rule [that] gives effect to the federal policy in favor of resolving cases on their merits instead of disposing of them on technicalities."
The Motion to Amend (doc. #38) is
Defendants' Motion to Stay Discovery (doc. #47) until the court addresses their Motion to Dismiss is
Plaintiff's motion requesting the court to provide him with a free copy of all electronic filings in this case (doc. #57) is
Plaintiff filed a motion entitled "Motion to Present Compelling Witnesses and Time extention or Continuance." (Doc. #58). Defendants filed a response in opposition. (Doc. #63). In this motion, Plaintiff requests the court to obtain affidavits from certain officers and inmates "to support his claim as evidence before the court is to make a dicison (sic) on Summary Judgment." (Doc. #58). Plaintiff further requests the court to subpoena the witnesses to testify on his behalf.
This motion is denied with respect to the court obtaining affidavits from officers and inmates to support his claim in deciding the motion for summary judgment. A motion for summary judgment has not been filed at this time and this court does not conduct discovery. The parties may conduct discovery as provided by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Local Rules of the District of South Carolina.
Plaintiff's Motion to Compel discovery requests (doc. #59) is
IT IS SO ORDERED.