Pittman v. Martel et al

Filing 4

ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Gregory G. Hollows on 8/28/09 ORDERING that this court has not ruled on pltf's 2 request to proceed ifp; and this matter is TRANSFERRED to the Central District of California.(Yin, K)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 vs. M. MARTEL, Warden, et al., Defendants. / Plaintiff, a state prisoner proceeding pro se, has filed a civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1983, together with a request to proceed in forma pauperis. In light of 1996 amendments to 28 U.S.C. 1915, this court will not rule on plaintiff's request to proceed in forma pauperis. The federal venue statute requires that a civil action, other than one based on diversity jurisdiction, be brought only in "(1) a judicial district where any defendant resides, if all defendants reside in the same State, (2) a judicial district in which a substantial part of the events or omissions giving rise to the claim occurred, or a substantial part of property that is the subject of the action is situated, or (3) a judicial district in which any defendant may be found, if there is no district in which the action may otherwise be brought." 28 U.S.C. 1391(b). ///// 1 ORDER WILBUR PITTMAN, Plaintiff, No. CIV S-09-2312 GGH P IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 In this case, the defendants are located, and the claim arose, in Riverside County, which is in the Central District of California. Therefore, plaintiff's claim should have been filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California. In the interest of justice, a federal court may transfer a complaint filed in the wrong district to the correct district. See 28 U.S.C. 1406(a); Starnes v. McGuire, 512 F.2d 918, 932 (D.C. Cir. 1974). Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that: 1. This court has not ruled on plaintiff's request to proceed in forma pauperis; and 2. This matter is transferred to the United States District Court for the Central District of California. DATED: August 28, 2009 /s/ Gregory G. Hollows 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 2 GGH:mp pitt2312.21a GREGORY G. HOLLOWS UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

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