IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
October 21, 2010
JAMES TROTTER, PLAINTIFF,
F. GONZALEZ, WARDEN, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Gregory G. Hollows United States Magistrate Judge
Plaintiff, a state prisoner housed at the California Correctional Institution (CCI), proceeding pro se, purported to initiate this action as both a habeas petition and a civil rights action. By order, filed on August 27, 2010, the petition/complaint was dismissed with leave to amend within twenty-eight days to set forth a colorable civil rights action with at least one named defendant located within this court division and district,*fn1 but he was informed that if he wished to proceed in a habeas petition to challenge a prison disciplinary conviction at California State Prison - Los Angeles, he should move for voluntary dismissal of this action and file any such petition within the Central District of California. See August 27, 2010 order. Plaintiff was also directed to submit an affidavit in support of his request to proceed in forma pauperis or the appropriate filing fee and informed within the order of the much higher fees for filing a civil rights action. Plaintiff filed a motion to proceed in forma pauperis on October 7, 2010 and, on October 12, 2010, filed a document which the court has construed as an amended civil rights complaint.
In the amended complaint, plaintiff seeks to allege violations of his rights by defendants. A portion of the alleged violations, to the extent any can be discerned, appear to have taken place in Kern County, which is part of the Fresno Division of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California. See Local Rule 120(d). Any other violations appear to have occurred within the Central District.
Pursuant to Local Rule 120(f), a civil action which has not been commenced in the proper division of a court may, on the court's own motion, be transferred to the proper division of the court. Therefore, this action will be transferred to the Fresno Division of the court.
Good cause appearing, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. The court has not ruled on plaintiff's application to proceed in forma pauperis;
2. The case is to be captioned Trotter v. Gonzalez, et al., and re-designated by the Clerk of the Court as one brought pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983;
3. This action is transferred to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California sitting in Fresno; and
4. All future filings shall reference the new Fresno case number assigned and shall be filed at:
United States District Court Eastern District of California 2500 Tulare Street Fresno, CA 93721