Florida Supreme Court Ends Mandatory Foreclosure Mediation Program
Posted by Benjamin Dona on Tuesday, December 20th, 2011 at 5:05pm.
Florida courts will no longer require mandatory foreclosure mediation after the Florida Supreme Court announced it will close down the two-year-old program yesterday. Citing reports the program didn’t work as well as hoped and that the court system could no longer justify the cost, Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Canady said "new foreclosure cases will no longer be referred to mediation."
The mandatory program, established in 2009, was created to ease pressure on the court system and speed up the foreclosure process. However, according to many Florida homeowners facing foreclosure during its tenure, lenders did not take the process seriously and the program did little to help them avoid the inevitable.
Foreclosures already in the mediation process will continue on that path as they work their way through the system.
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