(a) Counties and Places of
Holding Court. Except as
provided in LR 83.11, civil cases arising in or related to one or more of the
following counties shall be assigned as provided in (b):
Jackson, Lapeer, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair,
Sanilac, Shiawassee, Washtenaw and Wayne counties for which the places of
holding court are Detroit, Ann Arbor, Flint and Port Huron.
Alpena, Arenac, Bay, Cheboygan, Clare, Crawford, Gladwin, Gratiot, Huron,
Iosco, Isabella, Midland, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle,
Roscommon, Saginaw and Tuscola counties for which the place of holding court is
(b) Assignment of Cases. Civil cases shall be assigned
by the Clerk to a place of holding court by reference to the counties in (a) in
the following order of priority:
(1) If an
action is removed from State Court, the county in which the case was pending in State Court (28
U.S.C. § 1441(a)).
(2) If an
action is local in nature, the county in which the real estate is located.
county in which a plaintiff resides.
county in which the claim arose.
(5) In a
case in which a defendant is an officer or employee of the United States or any
agency thereof acting in his or her official capacity, or under color of legal
authority, or an agency of the United States, the county in which an office of
a defendant is located.
county in which a defendant resides or has a place of business.
place of holding court in which the case is filed.
(c) Improper Assignments. A case improperly assigned to a
place of holding court shall be transferred to the proper location by order of
October 01, 2003