A condemnation trial is essentially a trial involving different opinions of expert witnesses. An appraisal must be filed and will be exchanged with the condemning authority which will have its own appraiser and appraisal report. 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 expert land planner and report will also be required.

All of these reports must strictly conform to specific rules and requirements and filed and exchanged within a specified time in advance of trial. See EDPL §508.

The trial of a claim involving the State is held in the Court of Claims and a 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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