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See some of Saul Fenchel's eminent domain articles covering various subjects in Eminent Domain Condemnation.

What happens at trial?

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A condemnation trial is essentially a trial involving different opinions of expert witnesses. Expert reports must be filed and will be exchanged with the condemning authority which will have its own experts and reports. Cases involving partial takings require expert engineering testimony and reports to identify the severance or consequential damages. Where the valuation question of “highest and best use” is dependent on the likelihood of a zoning change, an engineer or land planner must be retained with knowledge of the outcome of similar applications and to provide expert testimony to show the probability of the proposed development.

All of these reports must strictly conform to specific rules and requirements and filed and exchanged within a specified time in advance of trial.

The trial of a claim involving the State is held in the Court of Claims and the trial of a taking by a local government is held in the Supreme Court in the County in which the property is located.

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