28 U.S.C. § 1406
HISTORICAL AND REVISION NOTES
1948 ACTSubsection (a) provides statutory sanction for transfer instead of dismissal, where venue is improperly laid.Subsection (b) is declaratory of existing law. (See Panama R.R. Co. v. Johnson, 1924, 44 S.Ct. 391, 264 U.S. 375, 68 L.Ed. 748.) It makes clear the intent of Congress that venue provisions are not jurisdictional but may be waived.
1949 ACTThis section removes an ambiguity in sectionof title 28, U.S.C., by substituting "may" for "shall", thus making it clear that the court may decline to transfer a case brought in the wrong district under circumstances where it would not be in the interest of justice to make such transfer. [The amendment to section of this title described in this note was altered in the bill as enacted. See Cong. Rec., vol. 95, pt. 5, pp. 5826, 5827, 6283, 6284.]
AMENDMENTS1996-Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 104-317 amended subsec. (c) generally. Prior to amendment, subsec. (c) read as follows: "As used in this section, 'district court' includes the United States District Court for the District of the Canal Zone; and 'district' includes the territorial jurisdiction of that court." 1982-Subsecs. (c), (d). Pub. L. 97-164 redesignated subsec. (d) as (c). Former subsec. (c), which provided that if a case within the exclusive jurisdiction of the Court of Claims were filed in a district court, the district court, if it were in the interest of justice, was required to transfer the case to the Court of Claims where the case would proceed as if it had been filed in the Court of Claims on the date that it was filed in the district court, was struck out. 1962-Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 87-845 added subsec. (d). 1960-Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 86-770 added subsec. (c). 1949-Subsec. (a). Act May 24, 1949, inserted "dismiss, or if it be in the interest of justice".
EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1996 AMENDMENT Amendment by Pub. L. 104-317 applicable to cases pending on Oct. 19, 1996, and to cases commenced on or after such date, see section 610(c) of Pub. L. 104-317 set out as a note under sectionof this title.
EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1982 AMENDMENT Amendment by Pub. L. 97-164 effective Oct. 1, 1982, see section 402 of Pub. L. 97-164 set out as a note under sectionof this title.
EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1962 AMENDMENT Amendment by Pub. L. 87-845 effective Jan. 2, 1962, see section 25 of Pub. L. 87-845 set out as a note under sectionof this title.
EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1960 AMENDMENT Pub. L. 86-770, §4, Sept. 13, 1960, 74 Stat. 913, provided in part that: "The amendments made by sections 1 and 2 of this Act [adding subsec. (c) of this section and sectionof this title] shall apply to any case or proceeding pending on, or brought after, the date of enactment of this Act [Sept. 13, 1960] in the district courts or the Court of Claims."