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Guest opinion: Non-judicial foreclosures will kill property rights

Gov. Rick Scott recently voiced support for the renewed effort of the Florida Bankers Association to eliminate judicial foreclosures in Florida and to convert non-judicial foreclosures. One reason cited by Governor Scott was that he “wants to make sure that we have an efficient process, so we don’t create a reason for banks … not to lend money in Florida.” Another reason promoted by the banking lobby is that it takes over 600 days from … Continue reading

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Scott approves loan to keep Fla. courts afloat

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Rick Scott has approved a $45.6 million loan so Florida’s court system can avoid an impending deficit due mainly to a decline in mortgage foreclosure filing fees. In a letter Tuesday to Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady, Scott’s budget director, Jerry McDaniel, wrote that the money must be repaid by next June 30 when the current budget year ends. The court system’s shortfall is expected to total $159 million by … Continue reading

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Courts administrator to Legislature: Fund us, and 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, … Continue reading

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Fla. chief justice seeks additional court funding

9/30/2011 by Jessica M. Karmasek TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Legal Newsline) — Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady has asked Gov. Rick Scott for more funding so the state’s courts can continue to operate. According to The Associated Press, Canady wrote Scott and other state officials this week informing them of a projected $108 million budget shortfall for the current fiscal year. The court system’s budget is about $361.2 million. Revenues from fees were expected to … Continue reading

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Our Opinion: Foreclosure hiatus

Florida needs more order in the courts’ budget Tallahassee Democrat Editorial http://www.tallahassee.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011110020314 That Florida is willing to finance the budget of its court system on how much business the courts do is wrongheaded. It’s unpredictable, and it comes perilously close to cash-register justice — imposing fines, fees and court costs that help pay for the courts’ own budgets. Yet the state’s Supreme Court, five district courts, 20 circuit courts and 67 county courts — whose … Continue reading

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Foreclosure mediation program’s low rate of success leaves its future in doubt

Foreclosure mediation program’s low rate of success leaves its future in doubt By Kimberly Miller Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Florida’s landmark mandatory foreclosure mediation program is under scrutiny by the state courts administrator because of its limited success. Statewide, just 3.6 percent of all cases referred to mediation in a yearlong period beginning in March 2010 ended in a written agreement between the lender and homeowner. In Palm Beach County, which didn’t begin its … Continue reading

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