Wright v. Harris et al
ORDER DISMISSING 1 Complaint filed by Willinell Wright. Ordered by Judge Marc Thomas Treadwell on 7/1/2011. (tlh)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF GEORGIA
WILLIS HARRIS and
DANIEL M. KING, JR.,
CIVIL ACTION NO. 5:11-CV-159 (MTT)
The Plaintiff has filed this case in an effort to appeal an order of the Probate
Court of Laurens County, Georgia. This Court lacks jurisdiction over this case for two
reasons. First, in Georgia, matters involving probate are strictly matters for the probate
court. See Carpenter v. Carpenter, 276 Ga. 746, 746, 583 S.E.2d 852, 853 (2003); and
O.C.G.A. § 53-5-1(a). Second, federal courts are courts of limited jurisdiction. U.S. v.
Rojas, 429 F.3d 1317, 1320 (11th Cir. 2005). In order to exercise jurisdiction, the case
must be one between citizens of different states where more than $75,000.00 is at
stake, or the case must arise under federal law, neither of which is the case here. 28
U.S.C. §§ 1331 and 1332. Moreover, except in matters involving habeas corpus, a
federal court has no authority to review the decisions of a state court. Therefore, the
Court lacks jurisdiction and the case is dismissed.
SO ORDERED, this the 1st day of July, 2011.
S/ Marc T. Treadwell
MARC T. TREADWELL, JUDGE
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
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