FL Courts Administrator to Legislature: Fund Us, and We’ll Speed Foreclosure Cases Along

Courts administrator to Legislature: Fund us, then we’ll move along stalled foreclosures

A panel of lawmakers examined the scope of Florida’s mortgage foreclosure crisis on Tuesday as the Legislature prepares to introduce legislation that would speed up the process.

State leaders have already discussed making Florida a non-judicial foreclosure state, an option some believe would resolve cases twice as fast as the judicial route. While that may be nice to consider for the future, the soonest that move could go into effect would likely be July 1, 2012.

The delay would not do a thing to relieve the strained body at the center of the crisis: the court system.

The courts are dealing with a backlog of 243,114 cases from 2010, and that’s on top of a massive budget shortfall as a result of a slowdown in mortgage foreclosure filing fees, which mostly fund court operations.

“While we may be able to alleviate things in the future … we’ve got a present problem that needs a present solution,” said Sen. David Simmons, R-Maitland, during Tuesday’s meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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10 Responses to “FL Courts Administrator to Legislature: Fund Us, and We’ll Speed Foreclosure Cases Along”
  1. lizinsarasota says:

    Attn. everyone in Florida. Visit SARASOTA next weekend! We’re having a marvelous free foreclosure-defense event, with amazing speakers, and a screening of Inside Job afterwards. Please tell your friends and spread the word!

    For immediate release.

    The Mortgage Justice Group, an organization of citizens helping citizens in foreclosure, will host “Save Your Home,” a free day-long foreclosure defense workshop on Saturday, October 15. The event will be held at the Unity Church of Sarasota, 3023 Proctor Road, from 9-5.
    There will be a free screening of the Academy Award-winning movie, Inside Job, at 7 pm.
    Mr. Henry P. Trawick, Jr., iconic author of Trawick’s Florida Practice and Procedure, will be the keynote speaker. The title of Mr. Trawick’s speech is “The Foreclosure Mess.” Mr. Trawick will join other prominent foreclosure defense attorneys, experts, and activists, including noted Tampa attorney Matt Weidner; Lane Houk, forensic mortgage expert; and Lisa Epstein, foreclosure activist and owner of the nationally-known website, ForeclosureHamlet.org, all of whom will speak about foreclosure defense-related topics. Sarasota Herald-Tribune staff writer Michael Braga will also speak at the event. There will be numerous local attorneys on hand to answer questions about the latest news and foreclosure defense strategies, as well as proposed changes to mortgage/foreclosure laws in the 2011-2012 session of the Florida legislature.
    For additional information, please call the Mortgage Justice Group at (941) 504-4873 or email us at mortgagejustice1@yahoo.com.

  2. David Robert says:

    yes they will need judges for non-judicial as they will need them for unlawful detainer, but far less than they are using now.

  3. J Alonzo says:

    Guys, what everyone seems to forget is that in all the current and old Mortgages, its written in the Mortgage that the lender must sue you in court. This law will not pass period and even if it did, it would only be for New and future Mortgages that go into default. They would have to first change the wording on all new Mortgages for this to even start. Also think about how many folks in the court houses will be laid off. If they try to foreclose on someone
    in a non judicial manner with a current Mortgage it will have no standing and can be taken to court as it is contractual. The Lender will be forced to sue you in the old manner as soon as you request it from a Judge.

    • Bobbi Swann says:

      Good Point J Alonzo – however, not all mortgage documents are the same. i.e. Fannie, Freddie, VA, FHA and others each have their own set of “approved” closing docs to use. It would be wise to check your mortgage (and note) for those provisions. Also, each set from each investor varies from state to state for compliance.

  4. Bobbi Swann says:

    OMG! This is just another repeat of the last 6 years….bring out the worthless, ignorant, retired sob judges and put them on the bench!!!! And oh yes, all of the work for the last 3-4 years on robosigning, fraud and the rest goes down the toilet! In other words, Goodner (And Canady) both are telling the govenor “just give us the money and we’ll screw the people on the bank’s behalf”……

    Florida reeks with the smell of sewage from Pam Bondi, Gov. Scott, Judge Canady and the entire legal system of Florida, Eric Holden….there’s SO many of them….rotton, scumbags with no moral ethics…sucking the life out of this state. I pray the worst for all of them…and die a long, miserable, slow and painful death with their soul in the fiery depths of hell!

    • housemanrob says:

      …..BOBBI,,,,,,,,,,,,they won’t need any judges for non-judicial foreclosures!

      • Bobbi Swann says:

        @ Rob – yes, I know. Goodner is asking for money though in the interim to bring back the judges out of retirement and in the hopes that this new bill being presented will pass. This way, they can continue to F*** us all in the courts with the money Gov Scott lends that is paid by taxpayer dollars!!!!!! If the new bill passes all likelihood it will not go into effect until much later in 2012. She (Gooder) is asking for the $$$$$ now to speed up the process and clear out the backlog. Again, they are all screwing us here in Florida.

    • Bobbi Swann says:

      Just wanted to share a tidbit of an email that I just received this morning (to attend a seminar)

      Featured Session: MERS Update
      This panel will provide an update on the latest happenings at MERS with a special emphasis on the growing adoption of the MERS eRegistry. In the wake of the collapse, the mortgage industry is increasingly focused on providing the right data to the right stakeholders in a secure way, and on facilitating effective, compliant and stable operations. MERS is the technology infrastructure that allows for this migration to a real time mortgage market. Attendees will hear “from the trenches” stories about implementing electronic mortgages with MERS and the resultant value proposition.

      Doug Danko, Vice President, Customer Group Manager, MERSCORP, INC.
      Chris Christensen, Counsel, PEIRSON PATTERSON LLP
      Steve Wolf, Mortgage Systems Administrator, BECU (Boeing Employees Credit Union)

      • woodknot says:

        @BobbiSwann-MERS Update Seminar ? is this a webinar ? please share more details of MERS Seminar-What Date, What TIme ? will it be on the MERSCORP website for all to attend or just for MERS Members ?

      • Bobbi Swann says:

        @ Woodknot – this was a seminar that you would “pay” to attend. It had a registration form to complete and of course, the availability to pay with your credit card! Sorry, I don’t have any other information to share on this…..I would never pay to attend a seminar on the updates of MERS! The email was promptly deleted. I would imagine, however, that you can go to the MERS website and obtain some info there or contact the names shown in my posting….

        What I wanted to point out was that MERS is now going with “e-mortgages” (using electronic mortgages instead of wet ink mortgages. That has to be illegal…..

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