SIBLEY v. MITCHELL COUNTY CAMP INSTITUTION et al
ORDER re #1 Complaint filed by Donshawn B. Sibley. The Court TRANSFERS Plaintiff's Complaint and this case to the Albany Division of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia in the interest of justice. Signed by Magistrate Judge Benjamin W. Cheesbro on 1/6/2021. (ca) [Transferred from gasd on 1/6/2021.]
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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA
John E. Triplett, Acting Clerk
United States District Court
By CAsbell at 8:10 am, Jan 06, 2021
DONSHAWN B. SIBLEY,
CIVIL ACTION NO.: 2:21-cv-1
MITCHELL COUNTY CAMP
INSTITUTION, et al.,
Plaintiff, who is currently housed at Mitchell County Camp Institution in Camilla,
Georgia, submitted a Complaint using a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 form. Doc. 1. Plaintiff contests
events allegedly occurring in Camilla, Georgia, which is in Mitchell County, Georgia. Id.
However, the Clerk of Court filed this Complaint in this Court’s Brunswick Division.
A district court may raise the issue of defective venue sua sponte. Collins v. Hagel,
No. 1:13-CV-2051, 2015 WL 5691076, at *1 (N.D. Ga. Sept. 28, 2015) (citing Kapordelis v.
Danzig, 387 F. App’x 905, 906–07 (11th Cir. 2010) (affirming sua sponte transfer, in accordance
with 28 U.S.C. § 1406(a), of pro se prisoner’s civil rights action from New York to Georgia), and
collecting cases)). When venue is improper, a court “shall dismiss, or if it be in the interest of
justice, transfer such case to any district . . . in which it could have been brought.” 28 U.S.C.
§ 1406(a). “The court may transfer the case if (1) the proposed transferee court is one in which
the action ‘could have been brought’ and (2) transfer would be ‘in the interest of justice.’” Leach
v. Peacock, Civil Action No. 2:09cv738, 2011 WL 1130596, at *4 (M.D. Ala. Mar. 25, 2011)
(citing 28 U.S.C. § 1406(a)). Trial courts generally have broad discretion in determining
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whether to transfer or dismiss a case. Id. (citing England v. ITT Thompson Indus., Inc., 856 F.2d
1518, 1520 (11th Cir. 1988)).
This Court is not the proper venue to hear Plaintiff’s claims against the named
Defendants. Section 1391(b) of Title 28 of the United States Code sets forth the applicable
A civil action may be brought in (1) a judicial district in which any defendant
resides, if all defendants are residents of the State in which the district is located;
(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) if there is no district in which an action may otherwise
be brought as provided in this section, any judicial district in which any defendant
is subject to the court’s personal jurisdiction with respect to such action.
Plaintiff complains about events occurring in Mitchell County, Georgia, which is within the
Middle District of Georgia. 28 U.S.C. § 90(b)(5). Thus, venue is proper in that District.
28 U.S.C. § 1391(b)(2). Accordingly, the Court TRANSFERS Plaintiff’s Complaint and this
case to the Albany Division of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
in the interest of justice.
SO ORDERED, this 6th day of January, 2021.
BENJAMIN W. CHEESBRO
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA
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