Mortgage Foreclosure

FY 2013-14 Foreclosure Initiative Information

Administrative Orders:

Final Report and Recommendations of the Foreclosure Initiative Workgroup, April 2013

The national mortgage foreclosure crisis continues to affect borrowers, lenders, and the economy in Florida.  The Florida Bar offers a variety of web resources for families facing foreclosure and attorneys helping them.

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At the height of the foreclosure crisis, filings in Florida state courts soared to 400,000 cases in one year, compared to an average of about 70,000 case filings per year before the crisis.  With new cases being filed faster than the Florida courts could resolve them, a backlog developed.  As of February 28, 2014, there were about 229,000 mortgage foreclosure cases pending in Florida courts.

Media and Public Quick Stats

In mortgage foreclosure proceedings, as with all types of cases, courts are obligated to ensure that the rights of parties are protected and the integrity of the process is maintained.  Judges and lawyers also have a professional obligation to conclude litigation as soon as it is reasonably and justly possible.

The Florida state courts are using specially provided funds in the current fiscal year to supplement existing resources, employ the experience of senior judges in addition to sitting judges, and manage cases so that documentation is in order and unnecessary delays are avoided. The objective is to bring foreclosure cases into compliance with state time standards to complete a case. Those standards are 12 months for non-jury trials and 18 months for jury trials.

The Florida courts are working to identify and implement those case management practices that are working most effectively to ensure the full participation of parties, avoid unreasonable delays, and dispose of those cases that have been pending for the longest period of time – while being ever mindful of the rights of parties and the integrity of the process.