Eminent domain is a controversial practice, with many seeing it as an unreasonable encroachment on someone’s right to own land.
There are steps that the state of California must follow to ensure that the process is fair and they take time. These steps can be challenged by the property owner.
You may have an idea of what happens in an eminent domain case, but the timeline can be confusing.
Here is a general timeline of how long the state of California expects an eminent domain case to take. These timelines are general, and some instances may take longer: