Fewer judges will be hearing Florida foreclosures as state money runs out

Florida’s courts are out $6 million after state lawmakers chose not to extend a one-time stipend aimed at reducing a foreclosure backlog.

The reduction means less manpower to process foreclosure cases and is already having repercussions in Palm Beach County where Circuit Judge John Hoy canceled a July foreclosure hearing citing fiscal constraints.

“Because of the lack of funding by the Florida Legislature, judges are unavailable to preside over foreclosure trials beginning July 1, 2011,” Hoy wrote in a May 11 order.

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