Palm Beach Post – 65,830 Foreclosure Cases in Florida Cleared in Three Months

65,830 Foreclosure Cases in Florida Cleared in Three Months

By Kimberly Miller
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Florida’s courts cleared 65,830 foreclosure cases in a three-month period beginning July 1, with 71 percent being decided in quickie hearings before the judge sometimes called “rocket dockets.”

According to a report released today by the Office of State Courts Administration, only 23 foreclosure cases went to trial statewide during the same time period.

The report, the first of its kind, was conducted between July 1 and Sept. 30 to measure how Florida’s 20 circuit courts are using a $6 million state allotment awarded over the summer to hire additional judges and staff to handle foreclosures.

Despite clearing 65,830 cases, 25 percent of which were dismissed for reasons that could include a completed short sale or deed-in-lieu of foreclosure agreement, the report found a backlog of 396,509 cases are still clogging Florida courts.

Lawmakers awarded the $6 million, in part, hoping that getting homes back onto the market will hasten an economic recovery.

“We needed a way to see how we are doing and identify reasons for delays or slowdowns,” said Kris Slayden, who oversees foreclosures for the Office of State Courts Administration. “This shows we are doing what we said we would do, reducing the backlog.”

Palm Beach County’s foreclosure court cleared the most cases in the state during the three-month period, wiping 9,846 suits from its system. About 70 percent of those cases were decided via summary judgment, with just one trial being held, according to the report.

The concern among foreclosure defense attorneys has been that some senior judges hired with the state money would rush through foreclosures using summary judgments. A summary judgment is held in lieu of a traditional trial when the facts of the case are considered irrefutable. They are often allowed when the borrower is not contesting the foreclosure or represented by an attorney, having possibly walked away from the home.

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7 Responses to “Palm Beach Post – 65,830 Foreclosure Cases in Florida Cleared in Three Months”
  1. housemanrob says:

    I don’t see any WIDESPREAD PROBLEMS!

  2. housemanrob says:

    Let’s add this all up. Let’a seeeeeeee………. that’s more than 80 foreclosures a day!!!! I bet they can’t renew that many licenses at motor vehicles daily!! THIS IS JUST SO RIDICULOUS, RED FLAGS ARE FLYING EVERYWHERE! And I don’t mean republicans!

  3. I thought the ACLU was coming down here to “FLudda?” Where did you guys go? They stop your busses at the Alabama state line?

    FL is the bung gap of the US. Dont buy real estate here, don’t vacation here… go to North Carolina- who are serious about consumer protection, due process, upholding the law, and property rights…. and they have beaches too.

    Judicial State? You bet.

  4. RAMONA says:

    they are traitors,they have sold our country right out from under us while we slept .. but we aren’t asleep anymore!

  5. PJDJ01 says:

    This ticks me off. From a statistical view, with 0.035% of the cases going to trial versus the now expected rate of greater than 50% having no notes and deserving a trial… We can be 99.99% sure that either the notes do exist in 100% of the cases or the judges purposefully have their head up their asses.

  6. B StLaurent says:

    Nice story.
    Think about it. Pick a median price of all the residential homes seized via foreclosure, let’s say 175k.
    65,830 x 175k=$ 11,520,250,000 Billion Dollars of real estate stolen by banks in 3 months in Palm Beach County. Not a bad take for one quarter.
    Why stolen? Because the mortgages were securitized into mortgage-backed securities and the banks were not the owners and the real owners have already been paid, and the banks got the houses too.
    Damn nice way to do business…….

  7. John R. says:

    It takes one to know one?
    It was good enough for the Banks so it’s good enough for us?
    “It’s so easy …To hurt others when you can’t feel pain” (Lyrics… Rich Girl)

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