Eminent Domain Case Finder

Judge Jonathan M. Apgar, Retired

As that famous Virginian Thomas Jefferson wrote to Samuel Kercheval, “[t]he true foundation of republican government is the equal right of every citizen, in his person and property, and in their management.” The Virginia Declaration of Rights, the Virginia Constitution, and the U.S. Constitution all recognize this foundational principle. This two-volume collection of case summaries details how courts affecting Virginia law—both state and federal—have considered the issue of eminent domain. Volume One contains decisions from the Virginia Supreme Court and Virginia trial courts of record. Volume Two contains decisions from the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. (read full introduction and acknowledgements here)


Volume One (pdf) may be accessed here. Or browse decisions from Volume One:

Volume Two will be coming soon. 


These volumes have been published by the William & Mary Property Rights Project, Marshall-Wythe School of Law, William & Mary ©2019.