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12th Judicial Circuit Foreclosure Information

The Statewide Foreclosure Reduction Initiative ends on June 30, 2015.  Effective July 1st, all foreclosure cases will be heard by the circuit civil division judge (Divisions A,B,C,and D) that the case is assigned to.  Please review the specific information below regarding Manatee and Sarasota County foreclosures, and please read each Judge’s Requirements before setting hearings or calling the Judicial Assistant.

Rules of Professional Conduct and Judicial Administration for Foreclosure Cases

Attorneys shall make reasonable efforts to expedite litigation consistent with the interests of their client. A lawyer shall act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client. R. REGULATING FLA. BAR – 4-3.2 and 4-1.3.

Judges and lawyers have a professional obligation to conclude litigation as soon as it is reasonably and justly possible to do so. FL. R. JUD. ADMIN. – 2.545.

A trial judge must take specific steps to monitor and control the pace of litigation, including 1) implementing necessary docket control policies to advance priority cases to ensure prompt resolution, and 2) advancing the trial setting of older cases. FL. R. JUD. ADMIN. – 2.545.

In general, a presumptively reasonable time period for completion of a Civil Non-Jury case should be roughly 12 months (from filing to final disposition).  FL. R. JUD. ADMIN.  – 2.250.

Cancellation or continuances of hearings and trials affects judicial economy and contributes to the backlog, therefore “Calendar Conflicts” which are not in strict compliance with FL. R. JUD. ADMIN. 2.550 (c) will NOT be considered.

It is with these rules in mind that the 12th Circuit developed and implemented the practices and procedures set forth herein.