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When a civil or criminal case is moved from one court jurisdiction to another.

Missouri Press-Bar Commission. “News Reporter’s Legal Glossary” (2009)

See also: venue

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    Change of venue is the removal of a suit begun in one county or district to another county or district for trial, though the term may also apply to the removal of a suit from one court to another court of the same county or district

    New York State Unified Court System. “Glossary of Legal Terms” (2016)

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    Moving a lawsuit or criminal trial to another place for trial.

    National Center for State Courts. “Glossary of Commonly Used Court & Justice System Terminology”, Rev. 2/8/11 (2011)

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    The removal of a suit for trial from one judicial circuit or county to another judicial circuit or county. See Missouri Supreme Court Rule 32 for change of venue in criminal cases; Missouri Supreme Court Rule 51 for change of venue in civil cases.

    Missouri Press-Bar Commission. “News Reporter’s Legal Glossary” (2009)

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    The removal of a suit begun in one county to another county. Can also mean jury selected from another county and brought to the original court for trial.

    State Bar of Wisconsin. “News Reporters’ Legal Handbook”, 6th Ed. (2013)

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    The procedure for removing a case from a court in one county or judicial circuit to the appropriate court in another county or judicial circuit. Generally, a party is entitled to only one change of venue in a case.

    Missouri Press-Bar Commission. “News Reporter’s Legal Glossary” (2009)


Change of venue from realty-situs county to defendant’s residence county affirmed:

  • Chew v. Storrie, 108 Cal. App. 313, 291 Pac. 610 (1930);
  • Terry v. Rivergarden Farms Co., 29 Cal. App. 59, 154 Pac. 476 (1915);
  • see also Donohoe v. Rogers, 168 Cal. 700, 144 Pac. 958 (1914).

Order denying such change of venue reversed:

  • Keithly v. Lacey, 77 Cal. App. 2d 339, 175 P.2d 235 (1946);
  • Hays v. Cowles, 60 Cal. App. 2d 514, 141 P.2d 26 (1943);
  • Brown v. Happy Valley Fruit Growers, 206 Cal. 515, 274 Pac. 977 (1929);
  • White v. Adler, 5 Cal. Unrep. 215, 42 Pac. 1070 (1895);
  • see also Rogers v. Rihn, 132 Cal. App. 2d 185, 281 P.2d 546 (1955) (affirming an order changing venue from “neutral” county to county in which land is situated and defendants reside).

Van Alstyne, Arvo. “Venue of Mixed Actions in California.” California Law Review (1956): 685-716.