Tobin said he wouldn’t call his new job “fun,” but said it was a natural evolution.

“My job is to oversee the operation as best I can,” he said. “That was my job in the courthouse also.”


Thank you to everyone that came out to protest this event.


Lawyers, judges debate Florida’s foreclosure backlog

By Kimberly Miller
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

FORT LAUDERDALE — Leaders of some of the nation’s busiest foreclosure courts gathered Friday to discuss attorney civility, bank honesty and Florida’s towering backlog of 350,000 foreclosure cases.

The forum, called “Bankruptcy and Foreclosure, a View From the Bench,” attracted attorneys and judges from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. It was a chance for attorneys to ask questions of judges outside the courtroom and for judges to voice their gripes about the behavior of lenders and homeowners.

While some questions garnered uncomfortable silence from judges, such as queries about a panel’s opinions of non-judiciary foreclosures and when forged signatures are allowed in court documents, others elicited frank responses.

Notably, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Ronald Dresnick lashed out at lenders and borrowers for delaying cases and contributing to the court’s logjam. Broward foreclosure judge Marina Garcia-Wood said about 7,000 “dormant” foreclosure cases are in her system.

Quotes from the rest of the article read like something out of the Twilight Zone…

“Defendants don’t want the cases moved and I’m scratching my head about why the plaintiffs don’t want to move the cases. It’s pathetic.”


It was sponsored by Gissen & Zawyer Process Service, a company under investigation by the state attorney general’s office for alleged problems with foreclosure documents .


Former Broward Chief Judge Victor Tobin moderated a panel on the state of foreclosures in the courts. Tobin resigned from the bench in May to work for the Law Offices of Marshall C. Watson, which paid $2 million to settle a state attorney general’s investigation into its foreclosure practices this year.

Doesn’t that make you feel all warm and snuggie?

Still, Garcia-Wood said her court handles 250 cases each day .

She stressed the importance of attorneys acting respectfully.

“If you’re not happy about the court’s ruling, instead of rolling your eyes or murmuring under your breath, show me why I should rule in your favor,” she said. “I’m trying to do the best I can.”

Rule in favor of the LAW!


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