Palm Beach judge speeds foreclosures to trial

June 03, 2013 01:00PM

Judge Peter Blanc

Palm Beach County foreclosure cases that have lingered for years are speeding through the system following a judge’s order to clear court dockets, the Palm Beach Post reported.

One foreclosure case that had loitered for more than four years was concluded in four minutes as a judge hustled to comply with the new rule, the Post reported.

Palm Beach County Chief Judge Peter Blanc ordered in February that foreclosures filed before July 1, 2010 be inventoried and set for trial.

Since then, about 815 trials have been conducted, with another 750 scheduled to be heard before the end of June, according to the Post.

Senior judges, brought in especially for foreclosures, are set to hear an additional 915 trials.

“A lot of the older cases have just been sitting, the homes are vacant, the process stalled,” Blanc told the Post.

“There is improvement in the new cases, but the ones from 2008, 2009, 2010, I think if a defense was filed, the case got slowed down and the lenders just threw up their hands,” he said. [Palm Beach Post]Emily Schmall