Fast Track to Foreclosure in Miami-Dade Court

by Isaac Benmergui, Esq on January 11, 2013

Gavel 2The Miami-Dade Circuit Court aims to clear a backlog of foreclosures from the ‘robo-signing’ mess by setting them for trials. Many of the cases date back to 2009. After five months into a state-funded initiative, Florida’s busiest circuit court has conducted hundreds of foreclosure trials a week.

The state allotted the court $626,000 in special funds, which enabled the court to add two senior judges and a staff of case managers to help clear the backlog of 53,668 foreclosure cases. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jon Gordon, a senior judge who is handles about 50 trials a day calls it “a rocket docket.” Regular civil division judges also handle the foreclosure trials, but typically the more complicated ones, among their other cases.

Miami-Dad has a higher volume of cases than other Florida counties. One in every 201 homes in Miami-Dade received some type of foreclosure filing in November 2012, according to RealtyTrac, a California real-estate data firm. The national ratio is one in 728.

“There is a consensus across the state that the locked up backlog is contributing to Florida’s economic difficulties, and the only way out of this is through it,” said Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jennifer Bailey, administrative judge for the civil circuit division.

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