Case No. 1:21-cv-00254-HBK
ORDER TRANSFERRING CASE TO THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA (Doc. No. 1)
Petitioner is proceeding on his petition for writ of habeas corpus filed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254. (Doc. No. 1). Petitioner, a prisoner incarcerated in Madera County, which is located within the jurisdiction and venue of this court's Fresno Division, challenges his July 14, 2020 state sentence and conviction entered by the Superior Court of Riverside County, which is located within the jurisdiction and venue of the Eastern Division of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
Under 28 U.S.C. § 2241(d), jurisdiction is proper in the judicial district where the petitioner was convicted or where the petitioner is incarcerated. Therefore, both the Central District of California and the Eastern District of California have concurrent jurisdiction. See 28 U.S.C. § 2241(d); Rumsfeld v. Padilla, 542 U.S. 426, 428 (2004). However, "[f]or the convenience of parties and witnesses, in the interest of justice, a district court may transfer any civil action to any other district or division where it might have been brought." 28 U.S.C. § 1404(a). Federal courts in California generally hear petitions for writ of habeas corpus in the district of conviction. Favor v. California, No. 116-CV-01912-DAD-EPG-HC, 2017 WL 2671006, at *1 (E.D. Cal. June 21, 2017) (citing Laue v. Nelson, 279 F. Supp. 265, 266 (N.D. Cal. 1968).
Thus, the Court finds in its discretion "and in furtherance of justice" the petition should be transferred to the Eastern Division of the Central District of California. 28 U.S.C. §§ 1404(a), 2241(d).
1. The Clerk shall transfer this action to the United States District Court for the Central District of California, Eastern Division; and
2. All future filings shall reference the new case number assigned and shall be filed at:
IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: February 25, 2021United States District Court
Central District of California
3470 Twelfth Street
Riverside, CA 92501-3801
HELENA M. BARCH-KUCHTA
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE