FY 2013-14 Foreclosure Initiative Information
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The national mortgage foreclosure crisis continues to affect borrowers, lenders, and the economy in Florida. 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 March 31, 2014, there were about 218,000 mortgage foreclosure cases pending in Florida courts.
Recognizing the significant number of mortgage foreclosure cases are pending in the trial courts, the Chair of the Trial Court Budget Commission (TCBC) established the Foreclosure Initiative Workgroup (Workgroup) and tasked the Workgroup with:
(1) identifying barriers that currently exist in foreclosure case resolution;
(2) proposing strategies to improve the foreclosure process; and,
(3) developing a proposed supplemental budget request for workforce and technology resources.
- AOSC13-27 Foreclosure Initiative Training
- AOSC13-28 Final Report and Recommendations of the Foreclosure Initiative Workgroup
- AOSC13-51 Case Status Reporting Requirements
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. The Florida Bar offers a variety of web resources for families facing foreclosure and attorneys helping them. 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.