(HC) Mejia v. Superior Court of California County of Los Angeles
ORDER TRANSFERRING CASE to the United States District Court for the Central District of California, Western Division signed by Magistrate Judge Helena M. Barch-Kuchta on 2/17/2021. (Jessen, A)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
RAFAEL A. MEJIA,
SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA
COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES,
Case No. 1:21-cv-00183-HBK (HC)
ORDER TRANSFERRING CASE TO THE
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR
THE CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
(Doc. No. 1)
Petitioner Rafael A. Mejia is proceeding on his petition for writ of habeas corpus filed
pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. (Doc. No. 1). Petitioner, a prisoner incarcerated in Kern County,
which is located within the jurisdiction and venue of this court’s Fresno Division, challenges his
state sentence and conviction entered by the Superior Court of Los Angeles, which is located within
the jurisdiction and venue of the Western Division of the United States District Court for the Central
District of California.
Under 28 U.S.C. § 2241(d), jurisdiction is proper in the judicial district where the petitioner
was convicted or where the petitioner is incarcerated. Therefore, both the Central District of
California and the Eastern District of California have concurrent jurisdiction. See 28 U.S.C. §
2241(d); Rumsfeld v. Padilla, 542 U.S. 426, 428 (2004). However, “[f]or the convenience of parties
and witnesses, in the interest of justice, a district court may transfer any civil action to any other
district or division where it might have been brought.” 28 U.S.C. § 1404(a). Federal courts in
California generally hear petitions for writ of habeas corpus in the district of conviction. Favor v.
California, No. 116-CV-01912-DAD-EPG-HC, 2017 WL 2671006, at *1 (E.D. Cal. June 21, 2017)
(citing Laue v. Nelson, 279 F. Supp. 265, 266 (N.D. Cal. 1968).
Thus, the Court finds in its discretion “and in furtherance of justice” the petition should be
transferred to the Central District of California. 28 U.S.C. §§ 1404(a), 2241(d).
1. The Clerk shall transfer this action to the United States District Court for the Central
District of California, Western Division; and
2. All future filings shall reference the new case number assigned and shall be filed at:
United States District Court
Central District of California
255 East Temple St., Suite 180
Los Angeles, CA 90012
IT IS SO ORDERED.
February 17, 2021
HELENA M. BARCH-KUCHTA
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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