IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
June 6, 2011
SANTOS D. HATFIELD, PLAINTIFF,
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Kendall J. Newman United States Magistrate Judge
Plaintiff, a federal prisoner proceeding without counsel, has filed a letter contending he is being denied medical treatment. The court construes this filing as a civil rights complaint pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Plaintiff has not filed an application to proceed in forma pauperis or paid the filing fee. Plaintiff alleges he has exhausted his administrative remedies.
Plaintiff claims he has a lump in his testicles which is very painful and states "something is enlarged and keeps bleeding." Plaintiff seeks referral to an outside specialist. Plaintiff has not named a defendant, but is presently incarcerated in the Federal Correctional Center at Lompoc, California.
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).
In this case, plaintiff seeks medical treatment at Lompoc, and the court presumes that the parties responsible for plaintiff's medical care are also located in Lompoc. Lompoc is located in Santa Barbara County, which is in the Central District of California. Therefore, plaintiff's claim should have been filed in the United States District Court for the Central 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. Plaintiff has not filed a request to proceed in forma pauperis, or paid the filing fee; and
2. This matter is transferred to the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
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