Transitory Action Law and Legal Definition

Transitory action is any action that can be brought in any venue where the defendant can be personally served with process. Common examples of transitory actions are lawsuits brought to recover damages in breach of contract or tort actions.

Transitory actions are universally founded on the supposed violation of rights which according to law have no locality. They are personal actions that are brought for the enforcement of purely personal rights or obligations. If the transaction on which the action is founded could have taken place anywhere, the action is generally regarded as transitory.

Transitory actions are distinguishable from local actions, which can be brought only where the subject matter of the controversy exists.