Palm Beach County’s idling foreclosure cases are about to get a kick-start as judges begin setting trial dates for dawdling banks and stalling homeowners.
An administrative order issued Thursday by Palm Beach County Chief Judge Peter Blanc requires bank attorneys to identify all of their foreclosures filed before July 1, 2010, and outline the status of each case. For foreclosures pending 36 months or more, the court will schedule blocks of trial time, pushing both sides to present their case in what some fear is a return of the “rocket docket.”
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Pending foreclosure cases as of Dec. 31
Palm Beach County, 31,678
Broward County, 44,958
Miami-Dade County, 47,738