Modern procedural reform movements have swept by the problems of venue with but little notice. This is unfortunate, for all too many cases are decided on a venue technicality, with complete disregard for the merits. Present day venue procedures are the result of historical developments and piecemeal legislative tinkering. The time has come for an appraisal and for corrective action.

Part I of this paper contains a comparative and critical study of venue statutes in the United States today. Part II points out how and why certain of these provisions have given rise to serious problems and suggests a few simple procedural reforms which will eliminate these objectionable aspects of present-day venue procedures. Part III opens with a discussion of the factors which should be taken into consideration in testing the adequacy of a venue provision and closes with a suggested Model Venue Code.