San Diego Law Review


Girard Fisher

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Design immunity under California Government Code section 830.6 exonerates a public entity from liability for injuries caused by a reasonably approved plan or design of public property. This Article reviews every case decided under this code section from its enactment in 1963 up until 1991. The Article provides a comprehensive discussion of the steps necessary to prove design immunity. The author concludes that design immunity under section 830.6 has undergone extensive judicial and legislative modification since its enactment in 1963. He notes that, as a practical matter, a court's decision on the design immunity issue may well determine the outcome of a tort case.

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