Cash flow to Florida’s foreclosure courts is being cut off


012315-foreclosure-6 Senior Judge Richard B. Burk presides over foreclosure court Thursday, January 22, 2015. (Lannis Waters / The Palm Beach Post)

Florida’s foreclosure courts have been getting an extra allowance the past two years to expedite cases, but the cash flow is about to be cut off.

More than $21 million budgeted in 2013 to add judicial manpower to the bench expires June 31.

Without the added cash, attorneys are predicting a mixed bag of confusion as cases are transferred to different divisions, but also benefits to homeowners who may get a single judge dedicated to their case.

“The legislature gave us enough money to get to the five-yard line, but it would have been nice to get across the goal line,” said Palm Beach County Chief Judge Jeffrey Colbath.

Still, Florida’s once overflowing foreclosure system has tamed its backlog. Statewide, just 109,706 foreclosures were pending in January, a 66 percent…

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