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Palm Beach Judge Withdraws Foreclosure “Speed Up” Rule

Chief Palm Beach Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath withdrew his latest proposed rule aimed at speeding up foreclosure cases. This rule came after the Florida Supreme Court local rules advisory committee rejected the 2014 administrative order intended to sweep through the backlog of foreclosure cases. The rule is based on the idea that a docket of more than 20,000 foreclosure cases created a crisis and would deplete judicial resources.

If Judge Colbath’s rule had gone into effect, lenders and borrowers would have 60 days after motions are filed to respond. After that, judges would be allowed to make decisions based on the filings alone. Judges would have also had the discretion to waive the requirement where attorneys must make two phone calls to attempt to resolve issues. The proposed rule would require them to “make reasonable efforts to speak to one another.”

Judge Colbath’s withdrawal came just one day before Circuit Judge Richard Oftedal issued a standing order with the intent to accomplish the same thing.

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