Local Action – an action that can be brought only in the jurisdiction where the cause of action arose because that is the only place such action could possible arise (i.e. involving real property)

local action:
(18c)

1. An action that can be brought only in the jurisdiction where the cause of action arose, as when the action‘s subject matter is a piece of real property. [1]

1. At common law, an action which can be brought only where the cause of action arose, since the cause is one that in its nature can arise in one place only. 56 Am J1st Ven § 3.  The antithesis of a transitory action.
     In most jurisdictions, the venue of actions is not wholly regulated by statue, and frequently the character of an action s local or transitory is important in reference to venue only when a foreign cause of action is involved.  56 Am J1st Ven § 3. [2]

1. An action that can be brought only where the cause of action arose, because that is the only place it could arise.  EXAMPLE: an action to quiet title to real estate. [3]

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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4

[2]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary with Pronunciations
Third Edition by James A. Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Edited by William S. Anderson.  © 1969 by THE LAWYER’S CO-OPERATIVE PUBLISHING COMPANY.  Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 68-30931

[3]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition by Jack Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.

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