California Evidence Code Section 813
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813. (a) The value of property may be shown only by the opinions of
any of the following:
(1) Witnesses qualified to express such opinions.
(2) The owner or the spouse of the owner of the property or
property interest being valued.
(3) An officer, regular employee, or partner designated by a
corporation, partnership, or unincorporated association that is the
owner of the property or property interest being valued, if the
designee is knowledgeable as to the value of the property or property
(b) Nothing in this section prohibits a view of the property being
valued or the admission of any other admissible evidence (including
but not limited to evidence as to the nature and condition of the
property and, in an eminent domain proceeding, the character of the
improvement proposed to be constructed by the plaintiff) for the
limited purpose of enabling the court, jury, or referee to understand
and weigh the testimony given under subdivision (a); and such
evidence, except evidence of the character of the improvement
proposed to be constructed by the plaintiff in an eminent domain
proceeding, is subject to impeachment and rebuttal.
(c) For the purposes of subdivision (a), "owner of the property or
property interest being valued" includes, but is not limited to, the
(1) A person entitled to possession of the property.
(2) Either party in an action or proceeding to determine the
ownership of the property between the parties if the court determines
that it would not be in the interest of efficient administration of
justice to determine the issue of ownership prior to the admission of
the opinion of the party.
Last modified: February 22, 2013