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California Law Revision Commission

-- Last revised 11/12/02 --

Evidence of Prejudgment Deposit Appraisal in Eminent Domain - Study EM-459

    The Commission recommended revision of the statutes governing evidence of the condemnor's prejudgment deposit appraisal in order to:

(1) Codify case law that evidence of the prejudgment deposit appraisal may be used for purposes of impeaching a witness who prepared the appraisal.

(2) Emphasize that the protections against use of prejudgment deposit appraisal evidence apply equally to the property owner and the condemnor.

(3) Make clear that evidence of the prejudgment deposit may be used in determining the amount of litigation expenses for which a condemnor may be assessed.

    The Commission's recommendation was enacted by the Legislature. See below.     If you have questions or comments on this study, send an e-mail to Brian Hebert at

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