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Woodford v. Ngo

Docket No.: 05-416
Certiorari Granted: Nov 14 2005
Argued: March 22, 2006
Decided: June 22, 2006

Topic:

Judicial Power

PartyNames: Jeanne S. Woodford, et al. v. Viet Mike Ngo
Petitioner: Jeanne S. Woodford, et al.
Respondent: Viet Mike Ngo

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Jeanne S. Woodford, et al.
v.
Viet Mike Ngo
548 U.S. 81 (2006)
Question Presented:

Under the Prison Litigation Reform Act, a prisoner cannot bring suit to challenge prison conditions under federal law "until such administrative remedies as are available are exhausted." 42 U.S.C. ยง 1997e(a). This exhaustion requirement is not subject to "futility or other exceptions," Booth v. Churner, 532 U.S. 731, 746 n.6 (2001), and may not be waived by a district court, Porter v. Nussle, 534 U.S. 516, 524 (2002). This case presents the following question: Does a prisoner satisfy the Prison Litigation Reform Act's administrative-exhaustion requirement by filing an untimely or otherwise procedurally defective administrative appeal?

Question:

Does a prisoner satisfy the Prison Litigation Reform Act of 1995's requirement that he exhaust all administrative remedies available to him before bringing suit in federal court by filing an untimely or otherwise procedurally defective administrative grievance which is rejected?

Holding: judgment reversed and remanded
Vote: 6-3
Read WOODFORD V. NGO opinion (PDF)

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