Lackey v. Benton et al
OPINION AND ORDER that Magistrate Judge Linda T. Walker's Final Report and Recommendation 3 is ADOPTED. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that this action is TRANSFERRED to the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, Athens Division. Signed by Judge William S. Duffey, Jr on 10/8/2015. (anc) [Transferred from gand on 10/9/2015.]
Athens Division, because Plaintiff’s complaint concerns only acts allegedly
committed in Walton County by Walton County officials. (R&R at 1). Walton
County is located within the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S. District Court for the
Middle District of Georgia.
After conducting a careful and complete review of the findings and
recommendations, a district judge may accept, reject, or modify a magistrate
judge’s report and recommendation. 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1); Williams
v. Wainwright, 681 F.2d 732, 732 (11th Cir. 1982) (per curiam). A district judge
“shall make a de novo determination of those portions of the report or specified
proposed findings or recommendations to which objection is made.” 28 U.S.C.
§ 636(b)(1). Where, as here, no party has objected to the report and
recommendation, a court conducts only a plain error review of the record. United
States v. Slay, 714 F.2d 1093, 1095 (11th Cir. 1983) (per curiam).
A district court must transfer a case filed in the wrong court to a court in
which venue is proper “if it be in the interest of justice.” 28 U.S.C. § 1406(a).
The Magistrate Judge determined that, because Plaintiff is proceeding pro se and
likely does not know the laws regarding venue, it is in the interest of justice to
transfer this case to the proper venue. The Court finds no plain error in the
Magistrate Judge’s findings and recommendation.
For the foregoing reasons,
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED Magistrate Judge Linda T. Walker’s Final
Report and Recommendation  is ADOPTED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that this action is TRANSFERRED to the
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia, Athens Division.
SO ORDERED this 8th day of October, 2015.
WILLIAM S. DUFFEY, JR.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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