Baker v. Warde et al

Filing 7

ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Kimberly J. Mueller on 10/13/09; CASE TRANSFERRED to Northern District of California. (Manzer, C)

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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. GREGORY C. WARDE 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. In addition, plaintiff has filed a motion for the appointment of counsel which this court will not address. 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 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA WILLIE EARL BAKER, Plaintiff, No. CIV S-09-2432 KJM P 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 2 bake2432.21a In this case, the defendant(s) are located and the claim arose in Marin County, which is in the Northern District of California. Therefore, plaintiff's claim should have been filed in the United States District Court for the Northern 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 or his motion for the appointment of counsel; and 2. This matter is transferred to the United States District Court for the Norther District of California. DATED: October 13, 2009. 2

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