The judge said Wednesday that a seaside condominium that killed 98 people would be brought to justice in March 2023.

It’s about 6 months later than Miami Dade Patrol Judge Michael Handsman originally planned, but lawyers in complex and unusual cases have experts to assess why the 12-story Champlain Towers South Building collapsed in June 2021. He said he needed more time.

“It’s a tight deadline, everyone in attendance,” Handsman said at a de facto hearing. “This proceeding is scheduled to be tried in March 2023.”

The collapse of the Champlain Tower in Surfside, Florida was one of the worst building disasters in US history. Federal and state agencies are investigating what happened, but probably won’t reach a conclusion for months.

The main lawsuit filed in November was that work in an adjacent luxury condominium known as Eighty Seven Park damaged a dilapidated Champlain Towers building that was already in desperate need of major structural repairs. Claims to have destabilized.

In the case of insurance companies, developers of adjacent buildings and other entities cannot fully assess what happened to engineers and other professionals in the original plan for the September trial date.

“It would be impossible to attempt this proceeding in the fall,” said Michael Goldberg, a recipient appointed by a court of the Champlain Towers Condominium Association.

The proceedings allege that excavation, stakeout, and other work is taking place at Eighty Seven Park, which crosses the city boundaries. Miami beach Vibrations occurred between 2016 and 2019, weakening the unstable structure next door. In addition, the lawsuit said groundwater was poured from the new building into the basement of the Champlain Tower after the developers bought a small road separating the two.

Defendants denied that the construction of the 18-story Eighty Seven Park Building was the cause of the collapse. They claimed in a previous statement that the Champlain Tower was “improperly designed, poorly constructed, significantly underfunded and poorly maintained.”

The real estate that the now demolished Champlain Towers South once stood for is now on sale for sale on the best oceanfront land for about $ 120 million. Plans for a nearby monument to the deceased are also underway.

The proceedings do not require a specific amount of damages, but lawyers say it can reach hundreds of millions of dollars. This all goes to tort allegations and compensates for those who have lost their condos or belongings in the collapse.

Handsman told lawyers not to expect further delays after March next year.

“This court isn’t working under a loose schedule,” the judge said. “This proceeding will not continue.”