Hi - my name is XXXXX XXXXX I'm a Real Estate
litigation attorney, and I specialize in construction litigation. Thanks for your question, but I'm sorry for your troubles and frustration with this.
As an initial matter, some very complicated construction cases (usually commercial properties
) can take years to litigate. But, most cases can be resolved within a year - - usually be either mediation or arbitration (which are alternative dispute resolution procedures). If you have not mediated your case, that's likely the fastest way to get things toward resolution - - and it's also generally much cheaper.
Also, most judges will not set a case for trial until mediation is tried, so maybe you can consult your attorney about filing a motion to compel mediation. Just in case you don't know, mediation is NON-BINDING settlement talks with a third party mediator (usually a lawyer) where each party presents his/her case and the mediator tries to identify weaknesses in each parties' cases and try to work with the parties to reach a compromise. If you can't agree, then all parties just walk away.
Arbitration is binding and is an option to allow an arbitrator - - instead of a judge - - decide the matter. Arbitration is binding and is final once the arbitrator makes a decision. It's basically a trial outside of the normal court setting. You can't compel arbitration unless there's a contract provision that requires it. So, arbitration is usually only by agreement of all parties.
If mediation and arbitration are not possible, the next best thing is to file a motion for a scheduling order and ask the judge to set deadlines and a trial date that you can work toward. In a case this old, the judge would likely set a trial date pretty soon - - within the next 6-9 months - - since there should not be much procedural matters, discovery, etc. left.
The judge will hold the lawyers' feet to the fire and get the matter to trial IF you can't/don't settle through mediation or agree to go to arbitration.