MANAGEMENT OF THE APPRAISAL PROCESS IN A HIGH VOLUME EMINENT DOMAIN LITIGATION ENVIRONMENT

In a highly litigious eminent domain operating environment, special consideration must be given to several aspects of management of the appraisal and appraisal review process. In Florida approximately 40 to 50% of all parcels must be acquired by eminent domain litigation. This normally totals between 1200 and 1400 parcels that are placed in suit annually. The effort requires over 80 full-time eminent domain attorneys, both staff to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and from the Office of Attorney General, as well as significant number of support staff from the office of Right of Way. This operating situation has required FDOT to implement a strong appraisal quality assurance program and a closely coordinated legal-right of way team approach to litigation issues. Information exchange is a dynamic process in litigation and is crucial to litigation success and, therefore, flexibility must be built into the system to allow rapid adjustment for appraisals for legal instructions, court orders on law and rulings on evidence or new information developed through specialized experts retained for litigation or learned in depositions, interrogatories, and other litigation discovery devices.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 62-67

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00789585
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 20 2000 12:00AM