what's the difference between motion to change venue and form non conveniens motion?
Change of venue is the modern way of describing a motion and applicable rules may include more grounds than just forum non conveniens. Read the rules for the court in which the case is pending.
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Under the doctrine of forum non conveniens, although personal jurisdiction and venue may be appropriate in one court, that court may dismiss, or possibly transfer to another court, depending on the facts, if there is a more convenient forum for the parties, witnesses and in the interests of justice.
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Venue is the place (the county seat) where lawsuits must be brought (filed) and where the trial will take place. Various code sections specify where venue is to be; sometimes ther e are multiple venues available where lawsuits may be filed.
Forum non convenient is Latin foran inconvenient forum or court where the trial will take place. Sometimes it is more convenient to try the case at a different location because all or most of the key witnesses are located there.
A motion to dismiss for forum inconvenience means that the case is dismissed with leave to file in a proper forum.
A motion to change venue means that the court is requested to change the venue within the system of the court (federal within federal; state within that state)
Motion to change venue can be for many reasons, including an inconvenient forum. A forum non conveniens is an inconvenient forum which is a reason someone would file a motion to change venues.
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