This is original content written by Roy Oppenheim from “Behind The Trenches” for The South Florida Law Blog. All rights reserved.
Palm Beach County, Florida just became the latest circuit in Florida to launch what has become known in the world of foreclosures as the “rocket docket,” HB87 bill.
Oh sure, they’re not calling it a rocket docket this time because the first time the issue was raised a few years ago there was a big stink from the ACLU and others about the constitutionality of cramming court cases through the system without due process.
If you read through the administrative order that was signed last week by Palm Beach County Chief Judge Peter Blanc, you will see that deadlines are being set, sanctions are being imposed for violation of deadlines and attorneys are being told to begin setting blocks of residential foreclosure cases for trial.
Palm Beach County is actually a little slow to the party. Miami-Dade County started its rocket docket a few months ago — setting aside one minute for uncontested cases and a whole five minutes for contested ones.
A recent article in the Palm Beach Post suggests about 30 percent of Palm Beach County’s foreclosure cases are three years old or older.
These rocket dockets are one of those good news-bad news stories. The good news is that all of those foreclosures clogging up the court system will be moved through, freeing up homes to be sold and eventually resulting in an improved housing market.